Nothing mindblowing, but still a fast book that kept me curious enough to read until the last page. Wish more things were addressed. There wasn't a te...moreNothing mindblowing, but still a fast book that kept me curious enough to read until the last page. Wish more things were addressed. There wasn't a terrible cliffhanger, per se, but I believe all the unanswered questions were a cliffhanger in a different form.
Heroine had TSTL moments. The emotions felt abrupt at these times, which just made this book harder to like. Did not understand the romance at all. It felt forced. A lot of telling, barely any showing. Not much emotional reflection. Didn't seem realistic at times (for a dystopian book). Emotions (both for characters, and in turn, for me) fell flat.
Not really interested in what happens next, but if I somehow got a copy of book two, I might read it...eventually.(less)
Part 2 seemed a lot shorter than the first. Enjoyable, definitely steamy, but I'm learning that I am not a fan of serials.
I think the length of time...morePart 2 seemed a lot shorter than the first. Enjoyable, definitely steamy, but I'm learning that I am not a fan of serials.
I think the length of time between releases both increased and killed my excitement. Anticipation for this next installment made me giddy, but dealing with another cliffhanger and another two week wait has made me impatient--and not in a fan girly, "oh-em-gee I need to finish this book NOW" kind of way.
I'm finding myself feeling annoyed and not really caring about what happens next. That is NOT a feeling any KC book has ever summoned. I don't like that...
As for the story itself...well, I guess the wait made it harder to get back into this world and appreciate what is happening. I like that there's an attempt to incorporate feelings and emotions and love into story line. It makes this feel less like some smutty erotica and more like an erotica with some backbone.
I suggest you read this, BUT (and this is a huge but), I think it'd better to wait for the paperback. That way, you get the complete novel all in one piece.(less)
I don't usually resort to GIFs in my review, but I thought that this image would properly express my feelings (or just show you what my expression was...moreI don't usually resort to GIFs in my review, but I thought that this image would properly express my feelings (or just show you what my expression was like) upon finishing this book…
Wanted to like this. Hell, I finished the entire story, but there were frustrating bits and pieces that ultimately tainted my enjoyment.
First: Ruby. She was infuriating in most scenes with her rebellious personality. Frankly, I found it to be annoying when I reached the 50% mark. Up until then, I overlooked it and wrote it off as an attempt at being endearing. All I have to say is… if someone is risking his/her life to save you, have the decency to listen to instructions and/or commands that clearly have your best interests at heart. Never once were Cyn's intentions questioned, so I can't write her behavior off as self preservation (which I gladly would have done).
Second: Confrontations. They were anticlimactic. Such a buildup…then poof. A teensy little toot of a fart, like the ones my dog makes when he hops onto my bed. I still don't understand the motivations behind the latter half of the book's decisions.
Third: Ending. Too abrupt, no real closure. Left me feeling a bit cheated.
Pet peeve: Dialogue. It didn't feel realistic. Huge speeches by the end of the book. Very corny lines that made me cringe instead of gush and say, "D'aww!" (less)
Love Rodale's HRs, so I thought I would enjoy this. Not so sure the contemporary version is for me. It felt a little rushed and didn't have the same h...moreLove Rodale's HRs, so I thought I would enjoy this. Not so sure the contemporary version is for me. It felt a little rushed and didn't have the same hilarity that her full length books tend to have. It was still funny, but since I read the original story this novella was based on, some parts were predictable and kind of boring. It just didn't feel like Rodale's writing. (less)
Wasn't too thrilled with all the summary stuff. Background info is cool, but I feel like that should be provided on a website as a free and fun featur...moreWasn't too thrilled with all the summary stuff. Background info is cool, but I feel like that should be provided on a website as a free and fun feature for fans.
Was ready to give this book a 2 star until I read Bruiser's two mini stories. Those were fun. Gave a great insight to his character and swayed me toward the pairing I'm rooting for. Though I think I've been leaning more toward this couple for a few books now, so....
Started hoping the rest of the the ebook would be similar in nature. Instead, there's this huge monster section of summary. Skipped it, and became a bit disgruntled/worried that the entire three fourths of this was going to be all summary and a waste of money. Dropped it down to 3 stars.
Finally got to a short-ish story that made me less disgruntled and happy I got this, if only to rekindle my excitement for the series again. Next book is coming out soon, which was a great reminder. Terrible fan, I am, for letting grad school distract me from JY goodness.(less)
I think we've established by now that I'll read anything and everything by KC. Who cares if it deviates from my typical genres? She kicked major butt...moreI think we've established by now that I'll read anything and everything by KC. Who cares if it deviates from my typical genres? She kicked major butt with this (though is it any surprise that she did?)
Very steamy. Very sexy. Very holy crap, why did it end where it ended?!
Not sure I can handle serials from my favorite authors. The wait for the next installment is going to suck. (less)
How do I say this nicely...? This book is not for me.
I hate reading romances where the hero and/or heroine are parents. Most books where that happens...moreHow do I say this nicely...? This book is not for me.
I hate reading romances where the hero and/or heroine are parents. Most books where that happens lack sexual tension and fun, and this book was no different. I had reservations going in about that, due to my preferences, but I was ready to ignore because the beginning didn't have that parent vibe that typically turns me away.
Good start. Terribly boring middle. No desire to read the last 25%. Why? Because the parents are back together. There was no sexual tension to make me root for the couple. The only tension was from distrust, and apparently, sixteen years of hard feelings were easy to drop in less than a week. Sex cures all, folks.
Romance did not work for me at all. Did not seem realistic. Did not pull me in. Did not make me care whatsoever.
I'd rant about other things in this book, but I'd rather just start reading something that I will enjoy.(less)
Writing: horrendous. Character development: nonexistent. Mystery: what mystery? Sookie: TSTL x4. Eric: Hawt. Bill: Eh, geek...moreDon't even know where to start…
Writing: horrendous. Character development: nonexistent. Mystery: what mystery? Sookie: TSTL x4. Eric: Hawt. Bill: Eh, geeky scholar? Pam: Still adore her. Other characters: apathetic. Eric plot line: gimme more! Every other plot line: zzz.
Immortals/supernaturals should be badass. If you've been alive for hundreds of years, your level of badassery increases exponentially. It's just a fact, and one that should never be brought into question. These supernaturals? They're like lame humans who can punch a little harder and suck your blood. Nothing exciting, nothing exotic. They're a whole bunch of nothing. It's like, wahh, you're a human and I'm a shifter and I'm too weak to lift your injured carcass, so walk human, walk to the car! Stupid moments like that, that really make you question what the point of even having supernaturals in this universe is.
Sookie is turning more and more obnoxious with each book.
First, because she's whiney. "Oh no, I don't want to get involved in politics anymore!" Then STAY AWAY. Turn the shifters away. Ignore Eric, Pam, and Bill. Go fuck Sam and live in his trailer and isolate yourself from the world. It's not hard. She doesn't even make a real effort to keep out of the messes that track her down. I also think there's better ways to drag her--even unwillingly--into said messes, but you don't see that. Why? Because she just does what she's asked of, all while throwing a hissy fit. It makes no sense.
Second, she's so damn unfaithful it's sickening. Pick a guy and stick with him. Or don't pick a guy and screw around with everything that has a penis and is supernatural. Don't make out with every hottie that gets a boner for you while you're involved exclusively with someone, though. Seriously.
She pissed me off at the end of this book when Eric got his memories back. If she really cared about the "nice" Eric, then she should have done something when Eric got his memories back. There's always a way to make these sorts of things work out in books like this. He wanted her anyway. Instead, she closed herself off. Why? Because I guess the arrogant "have you yielded to me yet?" Eric was too intimidating, and her heart was on her sleeve or something. Please. Go sleep with the Viking already! Stupid.
I think Sookie wins the award for most useless protagonist ever. She's on the same level as Bella.