Savor begins a bit slow, but quickly picks up momentum. I struggled at first with connecting to the story, but soon enough the story sucked me in. Cla...moreSavor begins a bit slow, but quickly picks up momentum. I struggled at first with connecting to the story, but soon enough the story sucked me in. Claire is a likable heroine, but not a particularly memorable one. In a sea of YA vampire characters, she just did not make a big enough splash for me. That being said, I will admit as the book progressed she did in fact grow on me.
Although, I feel it was Robin who really stole the show for me. Robin is a member of Claire’s new royal vampire family and she is an absolute riot. She’s bubbly, sweet and incredibly enjoyable. I also enjoyed both of the love interests in the story – Arrick and Dmitry. They could easily be seen as opposites; where Dmitry is more of a gentle, playful soul, Arrick is intense and rather overwhelming. I honestly do not know who I prefer at the moment; I am not entirely sure I am sold on Dmitry and we really did not get much time with Arrick.
While I was reading the book I found myself questioning little plot tidbits here and there. I thought I was being so incredibly smart, thinking, I’d found plot errors; never bothering to question rather or not they were intentional. Duncan is a sneaky one folks. She definitely leaves you clues and hints, but they are small ones. As the story progressed, I started piecing things together, but I never imagined what Duncan had it store. I mean, holy plot twists, Batman; that was certainly a doozey of an ending. A paging-turning, cliffhanging, hair-pulling, ending.
The storyline itself was also incredibly intriguing; I cannot remember ever reading a story in which the vampires were looked upon as good. Granted, there is still political strife in Savor – people who rebel against the system, but for the most part Duncan presents them as idolized characters. It certainly is an interesting take on things; I have grow very accustomed to the “get out your pitchforks and knifes” kind of plotline.
Long story short… I’ll tell you this; I want the next book pronto. Savor defiantly had some bumpy spots, but overall it is a solid start to a new series. Duncan weaves an intriguing story full of mystery, excitement and romance that is sure to dazzle fans of vampire fiction.(less)
I will admit, I did not really know what I was getting myself into when I cracked open Kismet’s Kiss. I knew I loved the cover (shallow, I know) and I...moreI will admit, I did not really know what I was getting myself into when I cracked open Kismet’s Kiss. I knew I loved the cover (shallow, I know) and I thought the premise sounded interesting enough. I will be the first to admit, this book absolutely soared beyond my expectations. I loved every minute of it and I had to physically pry myself away from it.
My first fascination lies within the setting. Rowan provides us with a rich, luscious and undeniably intriguing world. I was instantly captivating by the descriptions and I found it easy to craft an image in my mind. I will admit, I did have brief, fleeting visions of Aladdin running around, especially in the market.
I read in a forum that Rowan took inspiration from The King and I. Looking back, I can see that connection quite clearly, and I am rather surprised I did not make it myself. The relationship between Varene and the Sultan has the same will they or won’t they/should they or shouldn’t they aspect. The characters themselves also vaguely resembled that of Anna and the King. Both couples are incredibly strong willed and refused to be pushed around. Both Anna and Varene have a difficult time grasping and accepting the status of women in their new society and they both are loved more by their men for it.
The relationship between Varene and the Sultan was surely a remarkable one. I think what I enjoyed most about it was that they were equals. Even in a society that looked down on and objectified women, Varene refused to be anything less than herself. She was a strong, empowered woman and like me, the Sultan was completely taken with her.
The fact that there is something brewing between Varene and Kuramos wasn’t all that surprising (it is a romance book people). Still, Rowan was able to keep me guessing on whether or not our two star crossed lovers would end up together. You see, not only do they hail from warring countries, but Kuramos is already married… to six women. As you might imagine, Varene isn’t too keen on sharing. Things don’t work quite like that in her homeland. I honestly did not know how things would end, I didn’t even know how I wanted the chips to settle. I wanted them together, but I did not want Varene to simply be one of Kuramos’ women. But then, I didn’t want anything to happen to his other wives or children. I actually liked them as characters. So, as you can imagine, my emotions and predictions were all over the place.
There was only one aspect of the story that I can remember really questioning. None of the Sultan's wives seem are the least bit possessive of him. Well, that's not true - one of them is, but she simply wants to secure her sons ascension to the throne. She doesn't want the sultan out of love. I cannot imagine that none of his wives actually loved him. As you read the book, you come to see that he is truly a wonderful catch. It doesn't make sense that they wouldn't love him, and therefore be jealous and possessive. In fact, they actually seem to want to share. Can you imagine sharing someone you loved?
When I began reading Kismet’s Kiss, I expected a light, slightly steamy romance. What I got was infinitely better. Kismet’s Kiss is intriguing, thought-provoking and addicting. The storyline keeps you interested and on-edge. The descriptive setting keeps you marveling. And the romance keeps you hoping for a miracle. There is excitement, love and magic around every corner. I cannot wait to read more of this series, I just hope that Rowan returns to these characters. (less)