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 surp...more5 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. (less)
When a book is plotted around a formula that has been as seriously over-done as the "bad boy & good girl fall for each other" formula, it has to b...moreWhen a book is plotted around a formula that has been as seriously over-done as the "bad boy & good girl fall for each other" formula, it has to be incredibly creative and well written in order to make it interesting. It seems like, if an author was to decide to use this formula, s/he would put a lot of thought into how they could make it compelling and bring their best writing skills to the table. This book is about as far from that as it can be... In fact, the only reason you can call it a book is because it's bound and published. It reads like a brainstorm of the authors ideas, like she was jotting down the skeleton of an idea she had for a book, but it was naked and bare-bones and still needed shape and form and substance.
Every character was completely one dimensional, no range whatsoever, and I didn't care about any of them. In fact, I hated all of them. Travis annoyed me, Abby annoyed me even more. The situations and the world they live in are so unrealistic it's laughable. In fact, I lol'd a few times. The whole thing was just so JUVENILE. I found myself yelling sarcastic comments to the characters (in my head of course), rolling my eyes at the situations they put themselves in, and other such behavior. I also had a little fantasy while I was reading last night... I wanted to find Abby and slap her for being so stupid. Then, when Travis, who's supposed to be the King of the undergound fighting circuit, started talking mess about me slapping his girl, I wanted to knock is azz out cold with 1 punch. Then when America and Shepley started walking over to where we were and yapping about what I did to their friends, I wanted to trip them both so they'd fall on Travis while he's out cold. See?? This is not me. I am a peaceful, non-violent person. So when I discovered that this book was making me act as adolescent as the idiot characters in it, I decided it was time I put it down for good. I gave up... Didn't finish. Never will. (less)
Um...I mean, it wasn't bad but it wasn't as good as I would expect from Barrons. Barrons is a great character, one of my favorite male characters actu...moreUm...I mean, it wasn't bad but it wasn't as good as I would expect from Barrons. Barrons is a great character, one of my favorite male characters actually. I don't really know what I expected, but his character is larger-than-life so I expected sex that was also larger-than-life. This sex was rough-&-tumble, but still not what I expected somehow. It also wasn't written with much detail - it was a pretty general description. There were a few things in the build-up that seemed uncharacteristic in my opinion. Also, I was disappointed that it happened so early in the series. It would be more believable and better timed if it was released with or just after Dreamfever. And the description, in my opinion, shouldnt be so general and implicit. It should be in-your-face and unapologetic, as Barrons is. All in all, it was just ok.(less)
After finishing Ink, I wondered how Leslie would fare out on her own, away from Iri and Niall and everyone else, and also how the guys would each adju...moreAfter finishing Ink, I wondered how Leslie would fare out on her own, away from Iri and Niall and everyone else, and also how the guys would each adjust to their new roles. This story answers those questions. With the exception that the author states and re-states and re-states Leslie's dilemma (so irritating!), I enjoyed this glimpse into the characters new lives. (less)