I was looking for a light, easy read when I picked this up. And it is that. Boyles isn't a bad author, but I think an editor would have been a boon (iI was looking for a light, easy read when I picked this up. And it is that. Boyles isn't a bad author, but I think an editor would have been a boon (it is a self-published book).
There were quite a few odd or forced similes and descriptions (one character is "ADD" about her nails- pretty sure the author meant OCD). The main character is supposed to be around 26, but her portrayal made her feel so much younger. Her inner dialogue and responses were too young for her age.
Most of the characters had very distinct personalities, with a lot of potential, but were not fully fleshed out. Several seemed to be there specifically to give the main character people to talk to. There were repeat elements (both behavior, type of threat, etc), while the feeling of actual threat to the characters was minimal. The plot line had potential, but was very loosely tied together, with some astounding leaps.
Again, this book had potential all the way around, but just didn't quite succeed. I doubt I will read the rest of the series.
**spoiler alert** *Disclaimer- I did not know this book wasn't the first in a series when I started reading it, nor did I realize it was more romance**spoiler alert** *Disclaimer- I did not know this book wasn't the first in a series when I started reading it, nor did I realize it was more romance than anything else when I picked up as a travel read. These two things may factor in my opinion.
Pretty quickly into the book, I realized that I wasn't reading the first book in a series, considering how Lochlan's brothers' and their wives were being mentioned (which also clued me into how much more of a romance this book was than initially thought), but most series that pair off siblings/friends for their tie-in theme tend to do well as stand-alones.
Not this one.
Cat was constantly being kidnapped, whether it was by her father's (the King, mind you) men, who had no problem beating her (what?), or by some random men that had an issue with Lochlan's clan and wanted to get him in trouble. Oh, yeah, and let's not forget the randomness of the tartan being used twice, once with a hand that belonged to some unknown man that meant something to everyone (problem with not having read the rest of the series), as well as in an attempt to frame Lachlan. That entire plot/feud was never explained or truly wound up. Not sure what the point of it was at all, except to get the couple to sleep together. And then there was the Brotherhood. I can deal with the Brotherhood. Had trouble with how many were so conveniently placed and easily recognizable, though, considering how secret of a group they were supposed to be. And the ending? Throwing in a vampire hint?
Again, to be fair, I may have enjoyed the book more if I had read the previous books in the series, as I would have had the character histories. I think I still would have had trouble with the easy access to the Brotherhood and vampire bits, though.
However, the book was a quick read and helped pass the time on a plane, so it served its purpose....more
I think this book is important to read. It is always important to try and learn about events from people that were involved and active in situations.I think this book is important to read. It is always important to try and learn about events from people that were involved and active in situations. I found it to be well-written and straight-forward, but still interesting. There are times when it might seem like there is too much background/explanation leading up to the actual events of the attacks in Benghazi, but the information is important for having a full understanding of what happened, how, and why. ...more
I love the story of Robin Hood. I have a hard time picking up books that re-write the story (though, really, they are pretty rare, unlike movie adaptiI love the story of Robin Hood. I have a hard time picking up books that re-write the story (though, really, they are pretty rare, unlike movie adaptions). I managed to find one series I adored, so I was a bit hesitant to pick up this one. Rather glad I did.
This book was different from the first one I mentioned in that it is truly fantasy-based. I admit I had some stumbling moments over some of the character names (Robin wasn't Robin of Locksley in this book), but once I re-associated, I felt the pull and flow. The different characters all stand out, strongly, in their own way. While there is definitely a main character, the other characters are just as fully developed and strongly portrayed as the main characters. This is true even of the known characters (Little John) that see little actual page time in this first installment. The addition of a supernatural element to the story of Prince John is an interesting take, and one done well.
I definitely enjoyed this book and plan on continuing the series....more
This book is actually pretty complex, partly due to an intentional lack of explanation of the world andI can see this book being made into a movie...
This book is actually pretty complex, partly due to an intentional lack of explanation of the world and characters. The reader must either always ask what is going on behind the characters and world, or simply accept. If the reader simply accepts, there is a good chance he/she will miss out on quite a bit. There is a lot left unanswered and to the reader's imagination- some of which I expect will be answered on the following books, some of which will probably be left only half-known. It is actually part of the reason I liked the book. I wasn't simply carried along in the world, I had to be actively engaged and figuring out what was happening.
There is a lot of action, a lot of death; yet there is also a fair amount of... reflection, I guess.
The world was stark, the characters interesting in their mysteriousness and very humanness (emotions, reactions, behavior), and the ending, while not completely unexpected, still had shock value of the unexpected. I look forward to the rest of the series.
All that being said... this book is not meant from people looking for a easy, sweep-you-along read....more
Oh, yeah, I really liked this book. When I first picked it up, I didn't realize it was the same world as the Broken Empire trilogy- not until names anOh, yeah, I really liked this book. When I first picked it up, I didn't realize it was the same world as the Broken Empire trilogy- not until names and descriptors started feeling familiar. When I realized that not only did the story take place in the same world, but also the same time frame as Prince of Thorns (what a wonderful idea!), I enjoyed it even more. Considering how much I was already enjoying this book, that's something.
This book follows with its brother trilogy in that the main character is not a hero. A self-proclaimed coward, Prince Jalen finds himself frequently in troubles of his own making. He still manages to be likable, probably due to his perception and portrayal of himself. This book also made me laugh out loud a number of times, but don't get me wrong- it is not a lighthearted book. It just isn't quite as dark as the Broken Empire trilogy. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Oh, and for those that haven't read the Broken Empire trilogy yet, that's all right. The two series share a world and cross characters, but they are their own stories. Well, at least this first one was. I imagine if Lawrence continues on as he did, the other two books in The Red Queen's war will correspond timeline-wise with the doings of the last two books of the Broken Empire trilogy. ...more
So. The concept is interesting. The character groups have good potential, though the group from the Seven Forges receives the most development, despitSo. The concept is interesting. The character groups have good potential, though the group from the Seven Forges receives the most development, despite the supposed main characters being from elsewhere.
The story didn't grab me, but kept me just intrigued enough to finish the book. There is a lot left unfinished, or unknown, both in regards to plot and characters. I'm not sure if it was intentional or not. I plan on reading the second one, as the story seemed to truly get going near the end of the book and has some nice potential and twists to it. ...more
I thought this book looked like it would be a unique read. And it is. I kept reading because I truly enjoyed the author's writing style, even as I begI thought this book looked like it would be a unique read. And it is. I kept reading because I truly enjoyed the author's writing style, even as I began to care less and less about the story itself. The book has two tales that it follows, the one of Alan (or any other male "A" name) and his family, while the other is about Alan trying to help set up free wireless internet for his area. The first one was interesting, for the members of the family were not made up of the usual characters. The second was... there, though not completely sure why other than being the medium in which Alan met certain people that had very peripheral impact on the main story.
I may be tempted to read other books by Doctorow, simply because his style of writing intrigues me, even if the story of this book did not fully engage and hold me....more
This book was good, but it frustrated me a bit. I initially had trouble getting into it because of the writing flow (which was proI like this series.
This book was good, but it frustrated me a bit. I initially had trouble getting into it because of the writing flow (which was probably very intentional), and then I had a dislike of feeling like everyone was crazy. It reminded me of Gormenghast (for those of you who haven't read it, it is a world populated by people that have their own twist of insanity, to the point where I felt the villain was the only sane person in the book). That being said, there is a very good reason, in the world of Bitterblue, as to why so many people were off. The author's choice to put you in Bitterblue's shoes in regards to handling lack of information and being surrounded by unstable people was a brave choice, and in the end, worked well for the book. I can't say this is my favorite book in the series, but I did enjoy it and I liked how it brought things together....more
I think this might be a book you have to read at the right time. Here's why. Plot-wise it was slow. So slow, that you could almost miss that it was thI think this might be a book you have to read at the right time. Here's why. Plot-wise it was slow. So slow, that you could almost miss that it was there at all. In some ways, it felt like the book was setting up for the main plot, to follow in the rest of the series (?). So, if you need a heavily plot-driven book, that can make reading it difficult. However, don't take that to mean the writing was weak, because it wasn't.
This book was almost more a discussion of different points of ethics, thinly veiled as fantasy. It addressed a variety of different ethical problems, as well as analytical critical thinking discussions, in the mode of the main character learning how to become an imager. In doing so, it caused me to stop and reflect, or nod in agreement as I had recently done some similar learning. As I am a critical thinker and like ethical discussions, I found the main character interesting, as well as his conversations. To be clear, whether he was be lectured by a teacher or not, almost all of his conversations were some form of learning experience or thinking exercise for him, and for the reader if they allow themselves.
While I personally liked the characters, I can see how others might think the characters and their relationships were pretty flat. There is very little expression of emotion or true feelings of connection between the characters, except for maybe between the main character and his girl. Strong emotions definitely are not evident in the book, as most of the characters tend to keep themselves very contained, and how the author uses point of view does not allow the reader the get a deeper sense of what is going on in the characters.
So. If you like ethical and philosophical exercises, and can see the merit of a book driven by a subtle plot, than feel free to read this book. If you need more overt action and lively plot, step away....more