Although this story had many suspense-filled periods of some mild romance and battles; the over-arching plot seemed to be setting up for something elsAlthough this story had many suspense-filled periods of some mild romance and battles; the over-arching plot seemed to be setting up for something else.
Non of the betrayals were a surprise; one of which truly disappointed me (even though I expected it).
Hopefully, the next book closes the story well....more
**spoiler alert** As I've commented before, it's always refreshing when authors write stories that have main characters who are "other than white". Ta**spoiler alert** As I've commented before, it's always refreshing when authors write stories that have main characters who are "other than white". Tane was awesome.
Thanks for representing the Polynesian People!
Tane and Laylah's story was nice. It would have been nice if Laylah got the chance to meet her father (I read Uriel and Kata's story immediately after this one and thought that he seemed honorable enough).
I thought the reaction to having twins was a little wierd.
I associated that surprise to a senario where a pregnant woman doesn't know she's carried twins because one fetus was behind the other during the check-ups with her doctor then, BAM, when she gives birth and she thinks she's done pushing as the doctors and nurses thinks it's time to start to clean up; just to find out that there's a stow-away that's ready to make his or her debut.
Most mothers instantly love both children, however, Laylah seemed to react like a really nice person trying to break up with someone without hurting their feelings-->"well umm, (insert name here), I bonded with Maluhia, and you're really nice and all but I just didn't feel any chemistry between us...it really sucks that you were kidnapped by those bad guys. I'll do my best to help you out, so, umm--ah..., let's be friends?."... While Tane's reaction was like..."Ummm, yeah, what she says".
REALLY, in the epilog, two weeks later Laylah and Tane didn't even have a name for the stow-away baby girl!...I mean, Laylah DID carry both of them around for 50 years! (refer back to the stow-away pregnancy above, if you're confused)...and she named MALUHIA (Hawaiian for "having peace")...the girl could have been named "LAKOPA" (Hawaiian for "holding the heel of") or "KAHUNA" (Hawaiian for "a secret") or "KALUA" (Hawaiian for "the second child").
This series shouldn't have been so difficult for me to read, but it was.
This was not a bad book, nor a bad series; however, J.R. Ward has long lost thThis series shouldn't have been so difficult for me to read, but it was.
This was not a bad book, nor a bad series; however, J.R. Ward has long lost the title of "Best Author" in my life, to be honest I'm not sure she's in my top 20 list anymore. I'm sorry J.R., the writing/books have been getting harder to stomach. It started with the exerts about the "Lessening Society" in the BDB series, which I trudged through because the rest of the books were worth it.
Perhaps I simply need a break...and I'll be able to return to her stories later....more
Although I would have rated this book a 2 perhaps a 3, I gave it a 4 because Elisabeth Naughton is one of the few authors in this genre (aside from blAlthough I would have rated this book a 2 perhaps a 3, I gave it a 4 because Elisabeth Naughton is one of the few authors in this genre (aside from black authors) who described a main character as "other than white".
Other races (Hispanic, Asian, Black, Middle-eastern, or somewhere in-between) are rarely depicted as persons that are desirable or worthy of being heroes.
More than 90% of main characters within stories in the romance/paranormal romance/urban fantasy genres are Caucasian.
With that said: One significant disappointment is that Cynna's character played the stereotypical "black whore". It's amazing that when one describe a persona of an angry, streetwise, illegitimate child, who was raised on the undesirable side of town, with a troubled past...it's almost automatic to believe that the person being described is "other than white".
...Yes, I'm disappointed that Cynna's character fed a stereotype, who has extremely low self-esteem but I'm grateful that a black heroine was described as a desirable and smart fighter.
For those of you who wonder why I did not comment about Nick's horrible behavior...it's because we've known since the first book of this series (Theron and Casey's story) that Nick's taste (and Demetrious's taste) in women tended to be on the "very experienced" side.
We also knew that his dark side was causing him to say and do horrendous/offense things. So there was no surprise that he behaved in mean ways/said some mean things in his own book....more
Please don't be offended by my low scoring...I tend to grade on the low side.
There was plenty to enjoy about this edition of the Eternal Guardians serPlease don't be offended by my low scoring...I tend to grade on the low side.
There was plenty to enjoy about this edition of the Eternal Guardians series: it was nice to see the progress of some of our beloved previous heros and their soulmates. Zander & Callia, Theron & Casey, Orpheus & Skyla and let's not forget Demetrius & Isadora, (and Nick).
The areas that truly disappointed me were; 1) how little faith Titus had in Theron and the rest of his guardian kin. (after working and living amongst one another for about 100 years, he didn't trust any of them...wow). 2) the secondary characters' (Demetrius, Isadora and Nick) story was more dramatic and exciting at times than Titus and Natasa's plot. 3) Natasa was in a coma-like state for over 3,000 years, and was freed 6 months ago, but she's got today's lingo and style down better than my mom (and my mom was not in a coma). and lastly what disappointed me most, 4) unlike the other guardians's soulmate experience(s), Titus's soulmate was not an exception/balance to his personal problems/flaws (the other soulmates seemed to complete their heroes; somehow they were his other half). i.e. Isadora calmed Demetrius's dark/evil side; Theron is able to get in touch with is softer side with Casey; Zander's gray (tornado-like) eyes (from his pent-up hostility) turned silver with joy because Callia balanced him; Orpheus lost the Daemon side of him because of Skyla and Gryphon regained his sanity because of Maelea. This was not the case for Natasa and Titus.
In "Tempted", Demetrius and Isadora's story, Naughton explained that "NOTHING can get between/disrupt the soulmate bond" Which explained why Hades could not seduce Isadora while Demetrius was near her. (something like that). So I expected Natasa's soulmate bond to overcome Titus's personal issues.
Well, once the element was removed from Natasa, she was not an exception to Titus's mind reading gift and touch problems; she was not his balance, nor his other half. She was the woman he loved and wanted to be with, but nothing about her was special, different (from any other woman), or an exception to his personal hell more than any other woman could have been...he could have fallen in love with and wanted anyone (once the element was gone), in this case. It seemed as though the element made her the exception to his personal hell, his other half and his balance more than their soulmate bond....more
meh. That's the best I could come up with to describe this story. Please don't assume that I didn't enjoy this story. Some of the reason's I gave a twmeh. That's the best I could come up with to describe this story. Please don't assume that I didn't enjoy this story. Some of the reason's I gave a two star rating are: - it stuck with the usually format for the Alpha male and average female leads of this genre. - the leads fell for each other right away but were having problems within a week as though they've been together for years. - Even though the book was only 260 pages, there was a few drags in the story, that made me force myself to keep going. - Styx wasn't described in a way that made him appear to be attractive...hair down to his knees (eew); thigh-high boots (went out in the 80's--maybe early 90's); silk shirts and leather pants...a little over the top for everyday wear (that's what the old guy, picking up girls--more than half his age--wears to the club to show us young whipper-snappers that he's still got "it") ;-)
I thought Salvatore was described in a more appealing manner.
Darcy's character was more relatable than Styx (by far).
I can't imagine what her added-value could be in the future stories (for example, Abby is a godess with exceptional powers; Shay can track (even if she's the most laughable assasin every imagined); All Darcy is known for is being a kind-hearted vegetarian, with latent Were powers (that she refuses to use)...but I'll read to the 6th book to be fair before I give up.