Ugh, hated the heroine. I didn't understand why the hero liked her at all. She was weak, whiny, and relentlessly wishy-washy. Also, the writing felt a...moreUgh, hated the heroine. I didn't understand why the hero liked her at all. She was weak, whiny, and relentlessly wishy-washy. Also, the writing felt awkward and the story dragged on forever. I read some reviews for the other books in this series and see a theme with her heroines. I'd probably hate them all. I don't think I'll try anything else by this author. (less)
OMG, this book is so ridiculous. It's over the top, melodramatic, aggravating, and falls in line with most of the stereotypes of this genre. I can get...moreOMG, this book is so ridiculous. It's over the top, melodramatic, aggravating, and falls in line with most of the stereotypes of this genre. I can get behind some melodrama but this one wasn't entertaining enough to suck me in and make me think all that crazy was fun.
I felt incredibly sorry for the heroine despite how uninteresting her character development was. I mean, really, would it have killed anyone to delve into her background and explain why she didn't know her identity and how she ended up with a human pretending to be her mom? But I guess that character development would have taken page time away from more important things like lusting or maybe more lusting.
The poor girl was taken from her home with no real explanation after her mom had just died (literally), then she is shoved into a situation where she's in a house full of men who are touchy-feely to an uncomfortable degree and who are aggressive and creepy at first--and she's expected to be perfectly fine with living with them for the rest of her life and being their 'Radiant'.
Things just go downhill from there. They do some ceremony that's supposed to pick her mate (without explaining to her what it means) and she's expected to kiss all of the men until one of them turns out to be THE ONE. And of course she does because she's an idiot who acts like no rational person ever would. Of course it's okay to kiss multiple guys with tongue after being pressured into wearing a robe that is practically see through, standing on a pedestal in front of everyone wearing said robe, and having the surprise of the kissing game sprung on you at that moment. Of course a normal girl would do it even though the guys have been creepy and she doesn't want any of them except one. Yep. It all makes sense to go along with it. And then after it all goes horribly wrong and one of the guys acts like a PSYCHO and you run, it's totally normal to then feel bad about looking out for yourself and not giving a crap that total strangers--who have done nothing to earn your regard to date--depend on you to ascend (through another f'ed up ritual) after you're dragged back to the house--because you're a prisoner not a member of the team, didn't you know?
Ugh. I'm going to stop. I could rant about this book for pages. I haven't even gotten into the names or the melodramatic dialogue but I'll resist. I'm done wasting my time thinking about this book. (less)
I finished this book and still felt confused about the ins and outs of the world and why the Paladins exist and why they let themselves be treated lik...moreI finished this book and still felt confused about the ins and outs of the world and why the Paladins exist and why they let themselves be treated like that by Regents and Handlers when they hate it so much. I enjoyed the story and the main characters a lot but it definitely suffered from the fact that it was a new world that needed more work to be truly understandable to the reader. I still plan to continue with the series and check out the rest.(less)
I liked this one a lot. The hero and heroine knew each other when they were kids so they had a nice history that made it easy to jump into their roman...moreI liked this one a lot. The hero and heroine knew each other when they were kids so they had a nice history that made it easy to jump into their romance together. They both complimented each other well and despite all his rough edges (or maybe even because of them) the hero made for a great character. I liked getting more into the Paladin world and seeing a different base with new people. I also am glad the author gave the reader more information on the Regents and their position in the Paladin hierarchy. (less)
I liked this one a lot. It was great to see things from Barak's perspective and to realize how hard it is to be so alone in an alien world surrounded...moreI liked this one a lot. It was great to see things from Barak's perspective and to realize how hard it is to be so alone in an alien world surrounded by the people he's regarded as his enemy his whole life. I liked that the heroine struggled with her attraction to him and took a while to truly be open to the possibility of a relationship together. I also liked that Barak refused to get too close to her until she could settle it all in her mind and truly be willing to be with him out in the open and not hide him like a dirty little secret.
It was nice to see the Other/Paladin prejudice confronted here. Getting to know Barak made me realize how close minded most of the Paladins are. Even after knowing him they never bothered to ask why his people kept coming over or even what their race calls themselves. They're mostly just content to keep killing them and leave them as the mysterious 'Others'. (less)
The romance was a little lackluster since both the hero and heroine jumped into being together with barely any reservation--which was pretty odd comin...moreThe romance was a little lackluster since both the hero and heroine jumped into being together with barely any reservation--which was pretty odd coming from the heroine. The hero at least had exposure to her brother in the human world and had come to see that all of the Others weren't the same. I expected that the heroine would take longer to see the hero as more than just a killer of her people but she seemed to shrug it off easily. Seeing the other side of the barrier and what the world of the Others was really like, plus finding out why the Others kept trying to cross in the first place, was something I liked a lot. (less)
Eh, this one irritated me. The heroine was really bland and her interaction with the hero seemed like a secondary plotline. There wasn't much tension...moreEh, this one irritated me. The heroine was really bland and her interaction with the hero seemed like a secondary plotline. There wasn't much tension in the book and the heroine wasn't even involved in the climax of the storyline. I was also very, very unhappy that the heroine was justifiably angry at the hero for being responsible for dragging her brother into a life of fighting, dying, and reviving only to do it all again for his whole life, yet she couldn't hold on to it. SHE actually sets out to seduce and apologize to HIM. WTF?!?!
I understand the hero's position and know he couldn't do less than try to integrate the brother into his world, but that doesn't change the fact that he was working behind the heroine's back the whole book. I wanted them to work through it but I didn't expect the heroine to just drop her issues like it was nothing. The problem is not the danger to her brother, the problem is the deliberate scheming and lying. The heroine just ended up looking weak and spineless with the way it all turned out. Ugh, I expected a better romance for Jarvis. (less)
Eh. This one didn't thrill me. The romance wasn't focused on enough to suit me so the main characters and their relationship didn't feel very develope...moreEh. This one didn't thrill me. The romance wasn't focused on enough to suit me so the main characters and their relationship didn't feel very developed. I also found myself seriously disliking the heroine's mom--which was disappointing since I liked her so much when we saw the younger version of her in an earlier book. (less)
I don't know what to rate this. I enjoyed the read, although I was also frustrated by parts of it, but I can't figure out how to separate my opinion o...moreI don't know what to rate this. I enjoyed the read, although I was also frustrated by parts of it, but I can't figure out how to separate my opinion of Cruel Intentions, the movie, from my opinion of the book on its own. I honestly think that I filled in needed character depth by inserting feelings I already had about the situations and characters from the movie. Also I was very, very, VERY uncomfortable with how similar this was to Cruel Intentions.
I knew going in that it would be styled after the movie, but I thought it would just be another example of twisted situations and betrayals and redemption from people falling reluctantly into love. I didn't think it would be another version of the exact same thing. Scenes, character interactions, plot, sometimes even familiar dialogue...most of it came straight from the movie! I'd almost say this is fan fiction, but in fan fiction you don't recreate the original like this. Maybe some would say it's a homage to the movie but even that doesn't describe it. Some details and scenes are different but for the most part it's the same. I am just very uncomfortable with this. (less)
It was a mess. Too many twists and turns, too dramatic, too corny. Just...too everything. The writing needed a lot of work. The editing was bad a...more*DNF*
It was a mess. Too many twists and turns, too dramatic, too corny. Just...too everything. The writing needed a lot of work. The editing was bad and the plot and characters weren't interesting enough to cover for the mistakes. (less)