Really enjoying this series so far. There are lots of twists and turns in this 2nd book that I really didn't see coming which made for a great read.
IReally enjoying this series so far. There are lots of twists and turns in this 2nd book that I really didn't see coming which made for a great read.
I do have 1 beef with this series so far though. Well...actually I have a couple, but the biggest one in this book is (view spoiler)[ Syn's "sassy" mouth... I'm a pretty sassy chick myself, so I understand sassy. But there's a difference between "sassy" and "immature". Sometimes Syn comes off as just plain immature. There's a scene where she's speaking to a King, one who's been respectful and courteous, and as she's addressing him, she drops an f-bomb.... Really...? Disrespectful much? I could see this happening if the King was being an ass, but he wasn't. And I really don't buy that everyone "suppressed laughter" and thought this was cute, even the King himself. (hide spoiler)]
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This author was very...shall we say..."inspired" by several other authors. Many details of the world she built seem to come from the likes of J R WardThis author was very...shall we say..."inspired" by several other authors. Many details of the world she built seem to come from the likes of J R Ward, Karen Marie Moning, and Laurell K Hamilton. There were several things that annoyed me, like the constant f-bombs...and I do mean CONSTANT. You'd be hard pressed to find a conversation that didn't include MANY OF THEM. I was also irritated with Syn's attitude problem. The author was trying to make it known that Syn speaks her mind and doesn't take crap from anyone, but it just seemed like she was immature and had a nasty attitude all the time for no reason at all. But even so, the storyline was interesting enough that I'll be continuing on with the series....more
Very nice ending to this series. Wraps it up in a neat little bow and gives the needed closure. Great job CJ :-). Hopefully we'll get to see more of tVery nice ending to this series. Wraps it up in a neat little bow and gives the needed closure. Great job CJ :-). Hopefully we'll get to see more of this pair in the future. I'm definitely not a beggar, I've never begged anyone for anything, ever....but I would think about possibly, maybe, perhaps begging Caleb just a tiny little bit for another book. Maybe if enough of us beg, Caleb will relent and write more for us. We all know how he loooooves the begging, lol. So, Caleb... pleeeeeeease *wink*...more
Disturbing. Intense. Distressing. Unbearable. STUNNING... AMAZING.... BRILLIANT... I've been consumed by this story for the past several days. Caleb aDisturbing. Intense. Distressing. Unbearable. STUNNING... AMAZING.... BRILLIANT... I've been consumed by this story for the past several days. Caleb and Livvie are some of the strongest characters I've ever read. I identified with Livvie because most of the time she acted in ways I see as realistic and believable - ways I feel I would behave in her situation. I am most impressed with the SKILL the author showed in the writing of Caleb's character. In their attempt to make a character like Caleb larger than life, most authors fall way short of the mark and over- or under-do certain aspects, making the character cheesy or cliche and just not believable. But somehow, the author has taken the same components that other authors have used to varying degrees of believability, and has created a character that isn't so much "larger than life", but who LIVES. He has depth and range and he was REAL and written with such competency that you have no choice but to take him seriously.
This story is intricate, nuanced, rich, textured, and MARINATED in intensity. The intensity does not let up. There's no time to catch your breath and recover from one blow before the next one comes. It was a constant, unforgiving, brutal assault on my psyche and my emotions. Whatever I felt, I felt very strongly. I didn't just feel "upset" about the issue of human trafficking and what I read about how the victims were treated - which, by the way, is one of my hot-button issues - I felt disgusted, offended and angered . I didn't just feel "hurt" by Caleb's remarks and actions, I felt betrayed, agonized, rejected, raw, sliced, and burned . I felt fear, hope, desperation, humiliation, confusion, and....love. It's like the volume was turned way up on my emotions, and I LOVED it. One of the reasons I read books like this is to FEEL, and boy did I... I think this story has affected me more than any I've read to date. I am mentally exhausted, and I have been since several days ago when I started reading the 1st book. However, I've thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the questions it's made me ask myself, and the ride it took me on.
Even though I've said plenty of words, there is nothing I can say to make you understand the impact this story had on me. It lives and breathes and there's a quality to it that I just dont have the words to explain. If you decide to take it on and read it yourself, buckle your seat-belt and brace for impact. It packs a real punch and it's gonna hurt like a bitch....more
I was looking for something intense and psychological and boy did I get it! Dark, edgy, intense, great writing, great pacing, believable characters, sI was looking for something intense and psychological and boy did I get it! Dark, edgy, intense, great writing, great pacing, believable characters, strong heroine. It got in my head and made me really think about what I'd do in the situation. We all like to think we know how we'd respond if we were abducted and held captive, but what if you were stripped down to raw survival instinct and your psyche was played like a piano is played by a well trained musician? One thing that has never sat well with me is the fact that some psychological and some physical responses can be conditioned without your "free will" having any say whatsoever. Even as you are fully aware of whats going on, you can be powerless to stop it. It may take longer for some than for others, but there is a breaking point. It's basic human psychology. And one who has this knowledge, and also the skill and control to turn it against another for dark purposes, is a truly dangerous individual.......more
This book... I'm so frustrated right now because I just finished this book and I HATED the ending! I hated the ending so much that I was tempted to 1-This book... I'm so frustrated right now because I just finished this book and I HATED the ending! I hated the ending so much that I was tempted to 1-star the book, even though the writing is strong and skilled, even though the characters are well-developed and believable, and even though I liked (almost) every page of the book except the last 2. The last 2 pages all but negate how much I liked the other 4-hundred-and-whatever previous pages. It took me a minute to get into it because of the rambling writing style the author uses in the beginning of the book, but once I got past that, I was really engrossed in the story. But. BUT...the ending left me immediately doing searches like "Gone Girl 2?" and "sequel to Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn" and "upcoming Gillian Flynn books" because that surely can't be the END of the story can it? Did she turn in the manuscript and forgot to grab and attach the last few chapters and nobody caught it? Or did she really MEAN to leave it like that? So frustrating!! ...more
BRILLIANT....! I absolutely LOVED this story. I have always been a huge fan of fairy tales gone wrong - the stories that tell the supposed "truth" behBRILLIANT....! I absolutely LOVED this story. I have always been a huge fan of fairy tales gone wrong - the stories that tell the supposed "truth" behind the happily ever afters that are told to children. This is the story of Sleeping Beauty told through the eyes and life of Beauty's close companion. It has all the elements of a great fairy tale - royalty, tragedy, rescue, even romance - but the elements are grounded in a base of gritty reality. It is easy to see how the details of this story, transformed by the telling and re-telling from person to person over time, could take on a magical element and become the enchanted fairy tale that we all know as Sleeping Beauty.
I was surprised to find that the story was really nothing like I expected it to be. And, although this isn't an "edge of your seat" suspense story, it has a quiet undercurrent of excitement. The story progresses in ways that are unexpected at times. The writing is polished and seasoned.
This has earned a place on my favorites shelf....more
This was my 2nd, and most likely "last", attempt at a Gena Showalter book. Again, it had a really interesting premise - warriors to the Gods of GreekThis was my 2nd, and most likely "last", attempt at a Gena Showalter book. Again, it had a really interesting premise - warriors to the Gods of Greek mythology who were cursed by the Gods as punishment for an act of defiance. But the writing was just not skilled enough, the timing/pacing was horrible, and the story just didnt stitch together very well. This book was slightly reminiscent of JR Ward's BDB series, but NOT NEARLY AS GOOD in my opinion. I was rolling my eyes and complaining through the entire thing. The ONLY thing I liked about the book was it's potential. However the execution was just not strong enough. I read to pg 188 and could take no more. I abandoned it at that point. I should have abandoned it much earlier, but I was waiting for another book that I had pre-ordered to arrive in the mail. I must be reading SOMETHING at all times, and I didn't want to start another book before I got the one I was waiting on, so I kept reading this one until it arrived. That's the ONLY reason I got to page 188....more
This was my 1st Showalter book, and I was very disappointed. The premise is decent and has the potential to be worked into a really good story, but noThis was my 1st Showalter book, and I was very disappointed. The premise is decent and has the potential to be worked into a really good story, but none of the elements came together in my opinion. It was disjointed, not believable, and I never came to care much for any of the characters. I felt sympathy for Vicka of course, but I didn't "bond" with her like you do with a great character. I didn't even finish the book... I read through Ch 8 and then gave up. It just wasn't working out....more
5 Stars for Thorn & Grace - the 1st story. I loved it! It was well written, very well paced, the characters were vivid. I was very pleasantly surp5 Stars for Thorn & Grace - the 1st story. I loved it! It was well written, very well paced, the characters were vivid. I was very pleasantly surprised.
1 Star for the 2nd. Not my cup of tea. The author stated that this story was one of her 1st books, and you can definitely tell the difference in the quality of writing between the 1st story and the 2nd. Something about Patrick Sinclair really irritated me. I actually didn't like any of the characters in this one at all, and some of the situations in this story are just...weird. In fact, the whole story was just "off" in my opinion. ...more