I wasn't expecting an amazing read, but I wanted a fluffy, smutty futuristic romance, a I'd read a lot of positive reviews of Laurann Dohner. Sadly, I...moreI wasn't expecting an amazing read, but I wanted a fluffy, smutty futuristic romance, a I'd read a lot of positive reviews of Laurann Dohner. Sadly, I hadn't seen that this book contains scenes of non-consensual sex between the hero and heroine. Just because the heroine has an orgasm when the hero ties her down to the bed and forces oral sex on her doesn't mean that everything's okay. This is still assault. It was also the point at which I gave up on this book. (less)
A fantastic and engrossing book. I would have liked to see Lothaire redeemed/reformed a little bit more. (view spoiler)[The fact that he's still evil...moreA fantastic and engrossing book. I would have liked to see Lothaire redeemed/reformed a little bit more. (view spoiler)[The fact that he's still evil (and thus under Saroya's power) prevents me from adding him to my list of favourite heroes, although I doubt Ellie will let him work for the interests of the Pravus too much. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, I'm looking forward to the Dacian series, as well as the next IAD book.(less)
Not the best book in this series, but enjoyable. It'd have been even more enjoyable if Levet had spent the entire thing unconscious in a corner, but t...moreNot the best book in this series, but enjoyable. It'd have been even more enjoyable if Levet had spent the entire thing unconscious in a corner, but there we go.(less)
Despite poor-to-mediocre reviews, I really, really wanted to like this book. While I'm not a big fan of witch-centric paranormal romance (give me vamp...moreDespite poor-to-mediocre reviews, I really, really wanted to like this book. While I'm not a big fan of witch-centric paranormal romance (give me vampires, angels and shifters any day), I adore Jennifer Lyon's Witch Hunter series and was hoping that this could fill a gap until the next book comes out. Instead, I spent most of this book filled with frustration and irritation. Like another reviewer, I never got a feel of the Eternals as paranormal creatures in their own right. Torin didn't seem to have any personality or existence apart from following Shea around. Shea herself just bored me. We're told that she fears she'll succumb to the lure of evil as she did in her previous life, but I never felt she was interesting enough or strong enough to make the moral tug-of-war interesting. She was too vapid to be plausibly evil, and yet her goodness, which we're frequently told about, never seemed to outshine this vapidity.
But, to be honest, the thing that irritated me most was that there were simply too many villains. Every five minutes, Shea and Torin seem to stumble into yet another person who is a vicious bigot/pervert who wants to kill/imprison Shea. Most of these plotlines don't actually go anywhere, and it would have been better if they were replaced by one or two villains who appeared consistently throughout the book. Moreover, I didn't really buy that the entire world was completely and unambiguously anti-witch. While I can see that there might be some degree of witch craze in many countries, blanket persecution seems implausible. Equally, while I can see that the majority of the population within the US might be either prejudiced or too afraid to speak out, I would have liked to see a more nuanced portrayal or the response to witches. We are told that there are some organisations working for rights for witches, but we almost never see any women helping the witches who haven't themselves been accused of witchcraft. (view spoiler)[The president and her daughter are a possible exception, but their appearances don't really contribute to the plot. (hide spoiler)] With one possible exception, we see no men helping the witches at all (apart from the Eternals). I guess this was supposed to show us how much danger the witches were in, but instead it was irritatingly monotonous.
Wow, that was more of a rant than I had meant to write. I guess my irritation hasn't dimmed in the ten days since I finished reading it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I can't decide whether this is fantasy romance or fantasy with romance. Either way, I enjoyed it very much, and really should get round to reading the...moreI can't decide whether this is fantasy romance or fantasy with romance. Either way, I enjoyed it very much, and really should get round to reading the third part of the trilogy.(less)
**spoiler alert** I bought this years ago, and didn't get around to reading it, because the first-person narrative put me off. As I've been reading a...more**spoiler alert** I bought this years ago, and didn't get around to reading it, because the first-person narrative put me off. As I've been reading a lot of first-person UF recently and really enjoying, I thought I'd give it a go anyway. It turned out to be precisely the sort of first-person narration that makes me hate this device. Jack was deeply irritating, not least because she kept breaking the fourth wall, dragging the reader out of the story.
Despite this, this book could have been a light and enjoyable, although unoriginal, erotic/futuristic romance. However, it was slaughtered by some of the worst porn cliches ever.
I wasn't that bothered by the coronal fluid which induced instant orgasms. It's not an uncommon device at the more erotic end of the futuristic/paranormal genre, and one that, when done well, can be pretty hot. But the fact that Jack thinks about bottling and selling it (and, I think, hands out free samples, although I only skimmed that bit) repelled me. In addition to this, the book featured a planet where all the men wander round with their genitals hanging out through an embroidered hole in their trousers and their women give them blow-jobs etc in public to calm them down. Ewww. Unsurprisingly, these same women have to dress in transparent clothes, The scene where the men in a restaurant line up to rub their penises on Jack's nose, while their partners try to catch their ejaculate as it flies through the air was the beginning of the end for me.
Surprisingly, what stopped me reading any further wasn't the porn cliches. I was pretty fed up and skimmed ahead to the part where Jack is reunited with her sister. There we are told that, to help restrain the violent tendencies of the men on this planet (the reason behind the dodgy porn clothing and rampant, public, orgiastic sex), the women secretly practise artificial insemination. Therefore, of all their children, only the first is actually the child of their husband. The men, of course, don't know this. To be honest, I can't remember how this selective breeding was supposed to work because I was fuming so much. It seemed so nasty and manipulative, and yet was presented as a jolly good idea. I suppose if I'd been enjoying the book at this point, I could have lived with it, but I was so fed up that I gave up on the book.
Alongside the porn cliches, there were a significant number of bad futuristic cliches. Aliens who just happen to look like terrestrial animals. Convenient machines that can make or carry anything you could possibly want (seriously, who takes a shoe-making machine ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE as we are told Jack does?). And my personal pet peeve: aliens whose eyes have coloured pupils. The pupil is a HOLE in the iris. It has to be a hole to let light through so it can reach the retina. It's black because it is a hole into the inside of the eye. Gaaah.
Anyway, this book becomes irreparably bogged down in this mass of cliches. I thought about slogging through to the end, but concluded that life is simply too short for that. (less)
I wrote a long review, which I just lost by clicking away. I can't face writing it again.
The gist was that I found the dubious or non-existent consent...moreI wrote a long review, which I just lost by clicking away. I can't face writing it again.
The gist was that I found the dubious or non-existent consent in some of the sex scenes destroyed whatever other enjoyment I felt. The emotional connection between Falon and Rafael was pretty much absent.
(view spoiler)[The scene in which Lucien fondles Falon while she and Rafael are having sex disturbed me on several levels. The lack of consent is clear, and we are told, even as the scene is going on, that she hates him and plans to kill him. On the other hand, she gets off on him fondling her. Perhaps most disturbingly of all, she feels that she can't tell Rafael what Lucien is doing (Lucien is invisible [? or only there is spirit?]) because it'll 'spoil things'. That's just not healthy. As this scene is fairly close to the end of the book, and they are an established couple, shouldn't she feel that she can tell him? (I know that shame can be a powerful motivating factor, but this just came across as Falon not being able to trust Rafael's reaction).
I guess from the end of the book that the next book will be Lucien/Falon (I could be wrong), and this just makes this all the more disturbing. To be honest, even if his HEA isn't with Falon, I feel that Lucien's behaviour in this book should preclude him from getting a HEA. (hide spoiler)]
I still gave this book three stars because it dragged me in, and for about the first half of the book, I would have given it five stars (despite consent issues even up to that point). My objections only really solidified in the second half of the book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
When I read First Drop of Crimson, I liked it a lot, but Spade and Denise didn't quite have the angsty chemistry of Cat and Bones. This chemistry was...moreWhen I read First Drop of Crimson, I liked it a lot, but Spade and Denise didn't quite have the angsty chemistry of Cat and Bones. This chemistry was definitely there between Kira and Mencheres. I loved this book. My only quibble is that there could have been an epilogue/final scene between Kira and Mencheres after the battle scene. As it was, it felt like it ended a bit abruptly.(less)
It took me a while to get into this, mainly because there are two main romances, and particularly in the first fifty pages or so, the couple which is...moreIt took me a while to get into this, mainly because there are two main romances, and particularly in the first fifty pages or so, the couple which is described in the back-cover blurb gets very little of the attention. I expected to be deeply frustrated by this, as I often find that books with similar setups don't end up spending enough time on either couple. While I think that both Gregg/Gina and Rebel/Alex could have sustained a book of their own, A Kiss to Kill was scorchingly hot and deeply romantic for both romances. After that first fifty pages, the two romances were nicely balanced, and I devoured this book from then on.(less)
I don't know whether I'd have liked 'Sweet Release' more or less if I hadn't had such high expectations of it, having loved Pamela Clare's I-Team seri...moreI don't know whether I'd have liked 'Sweet Release' more or less if I hadn't had such high expectations of it, having loved Pamela Clare's I-Team series. On the one hand, if I didn't have high expectations of it, I might well have given up. On the other, the high expectations made its flaws all the more disappointing. It's not a bad book, but the pacing felt off. The middle section in which Cassie believes Alec about his identity, but in which they can't do anything to prove it dragged on forever. The conflicts during this section of the book (such as the horse race, or the various episodes of malaria) never really moved the story forwards towards the denouement. I thought the proof of Alec's true identity to the colony to the colony at large could have come earlier in the book, cutting this section short. This would have led to major restructuring in the final section, perhaps with more emphasis on the conflict between Alec and Cassie's worlds. In the book as it was, this felt rather glossed over, and therefore Alec's decision to remain in the colony didn't feel like a natural consequence of the story up to that point. The odd pacing and slow central section meant that, while I liked Alec and Cassie, I was never really caught up in the drama of their relationship. While I actually had the book open, I found it reasonably enjoyable, but when I put it down, I often couldn't be bothered to pick it up again for ages. (In defence of this book, I should point out that I haven't been much in the mood to read historicals recently).(less)