Before I write the review, I will tell something funny and brouhaha about this book. Why just this book? Well..
Dark Hunter is a well known series in mBefore I write the review, I will tell something funny and brouhaha about this book. Why just this book? Well..
Dark Hunter is a well known series in my country, Indonesia. I do not pick the Indonesian version simply because : - I had read the 4 first books in English. It will feel awkward if I read the Indonesian version. I know I'm weird - The cover really.. hurt my eyes. I don't get why the publisher had need to put all shirtless men who badly photoshop into the cover. No offense please, just try to be honest here.
And the latest reason is why I told you dear my friend, funny. See, in the first the publisher use a .. really fuggly cover. I think it's not their fault. Ias aka Alexion describe as Greek with blond hair and a light stubble. So, they put an image that literally represent him in the cover. With a "BUT" here, it's really ugly. There are an outcry from fans (and yes I know them, since some are my friends), they declare that they don't want to buy the book if the publisher do not change the cover.
And guess what? The publisher decide to change it, into a cover that feature shirtless man with cropped head (I suggest you to see into Indonesian cover version). Nah not bad, but it is amused me to no end. I wonder if US publisher have this kind of reaction OVER COVER and decide to change it. Until this time, I just know one. It's Tangle of Need by Nalini Singh (and the Indonesian version of her Guild Hunter, published by the same publisher are fugly folks! Really fugly!), but it was change because the model is too familiar (well, Frances is too well known). Other than that, hmm never.
Okay, enough about the not so tiny and itty bitty tidbits. I admit that I'm dissapointed with Sins of the Night. Well, Kiss of the Night is better than this book, and I just found that book was okay. After I blown away with Val and Tabby's story in Seize the Night,Alexion and Dangereus St Richard's fill like a filler story. I don't get any connection with both people, and the conflict just so, so. It also a light read, which I finish reading in 4 hours (I read the English version) and not a good sign for me after all.
My biggest disappointment is in the ending. Wow, what kind of ending that Ms Kenyon deliver? Too easy, too deus ex machina. Too little conflict and less Acheron interfere here. Even we will know more about him anyway. Stryker is too two dimensional here. Everything is too easy *throw hands up* make this book forgettable for me. I can't warm into Alexion,nor that I fascinated by Danger. I guess Val and Tabby already steal my heart when read theirs.
The best thing maybe just Simi and her sister Xirena, whose are cute even they are demon. And even I know that tortured hero is Ms Kenyon's trademark, I just hope she give them mercy and not pain, over and over.
I admit this is my first attempt to again reading paranormal romance (from 3rd POV), after for months I neglect my favorite genre (*gasp). Also3 stars
I admit this is my first attempt to again reading paranormal romance (from 3rd POV), after for months I neglect my favorite genre (*gasp). Also, the last time I read Dance with The Devil, which is Zarek's was 3 years ago. So, I have a "Dark-Hunter" hangover there. Also "purple prose" hangover, a "insta-love" hangover and well "throw the pregnancy to make everything more complicated" hangover too *duh!*. About purple prose, well, since I'm just married, and of course do a lot of hanky panky part, I'm giggling over Wulf and Cassie's sex scene. I mean "gawd, if only hubby read this, he will be ashamed", lol! One thing also copy one of Basic Instinct scene,hmmm...
We start with what I don't like or just feel okay, first. There's a loophole there and there. Like how Cassie can believe Kat, her bodyguard for 5 years yet she don't know anything about her. And when Kat reveal who herself is and still something is vague, Cassie still believe her. Then, the dream scene with Wulf. Look like Kenyon make things up, just so we believe that they can procreate, that's it. The deus-ex-machina plot in the end with Acheron and Cassie, is same old same old. But, consider Kiss of The Night was published on 2004, when not so many PNR books published for reader, it's still acceptable.
What I liked and loved, is the Atlantean Myth that Kenyon weaved. I'm a huge mythology fans, and I'm amazed how Kenyon can make her own version of Greek and Atlantis's myth. From the Atlantean pantheon to the myth of Apollite and Daimons. See, she used vampire, like sooo many PNR books out there. But, she's not make the vampire world ashamed with make them bling-bling in the sun (yes, shame on you, Meyer!). She blend the vampire into her own myth, and make it's believable. While I'm just meh into the romance part (ehm, we know that HEA will always happen here), I love the way she's not portray that good is good, evil is naturally evil. There's will always a grey area. From Dark Hunter view, Daimon and Apollites are enemy. No mercy for them, no hesitation to kill them. But from Wulf, we will know the many side of Apollites. How not all of them bad, some even embraced their destiny, to die painfully on their 27th birthday.
While I'm not too fond of Wulf and Cassie (they are too generic, imo), I love the appearance of Kyrian, Talon, Julian and of course Zarek. Acheron is still enigmatic, and even I already know who he is (thanks for the all spoiler from the next books), I'm still excited to know more about him. The new characters such as Kat, Stryker, Apollymi and Urian also make the story more interesting. Poor Urian *sigh*.
Kenyon is a talented writer, and I like how she blend myth to her Dark Hunter series (add it with Were-Hunter and Dream-Hunter). Not an easy job, tho. Of course, I will still read the next....more
So, I just bought this book from online shop which usually sell many used books. The price is cheap. Just 50000 rupiahs or maybe 4,99 dolla4.5 stars.
So, I just bought this book from online shop which usually sell many used books. The price is cheap. Just 50000 rupiahs or maybe 4,99 dollars. I decide to read Charming the Prince, first because I really love the blurb, its rare to find character letter for a synopsis. And I'm kinda stuck with UF/PNR books I read lately. So I want to change my usual genre for a little :)
I read this for 4 hours.And of course that a good sign! If I can't stop read it, that's mean the story is good. And yes,Charming The Prince is really good.
So, what we have from this book?
Charming the Prince is re-telling from Cinderella story. With "Cinderella" have a weak father, evil stepmother, and 10 bothersome, annoying step-siblings. Lady Willow of Bedlington hope her new mother will love her. Alas, what her stepmother do is to poison her father with her sweet venom talk. She make them poor and that make Willow as servant for her step-siblings..
The story move forward 13 years later. We meet the Prince Charming (he is charming after all), Lord Bannor the Bold, Pride of English and Terror of The French. Must be always successful winning every war and captured all his enemy, but not this war.. Not when his enemies are his TEN children, whose face like angel, but their attitude are worse than Black Prince (King Edwards's son) himself. Bannor then ask to his steward, Sir Hollis, to search him a bride. An unattractive, meek, not so beautiful woman, but have maternal instinct.To babysit his children of course and left him at peace...
To Bannor's surprise, Hollis take Willow as the bride. Willow who desperate to go out from her home, and want to find her own happiness, is insulted with the way Bannor treated her. Little she know Bannor avoid her, because he attracted to Willow, but don't want to sire another babe. Since Bannor believe he was to virile, and said, its must be curse. Because his father and grandfather have so many children too (the usual slogan of Bannor house is to conquer and die which he change as be fruity and multiply )
Not just from Bannor act, his children decide to "torture" Willow too, because they don't want new mother. Even though later they support her, and decide to teach their father to become a "real" father, and "husband" to Willow. (or like the blurb said, how sweet surrender can be).
I'm happy my sleepless night is paid well :).This is my first book by Teresa Medeiros and definitely not the last. When it comes to Historical Romance, I always picky, since some theme of that genre are bothering me. Like infidelity, or rape. I don't like them all. That's why I never read Johanna Lindsey, that's why I dislike Private Arrangements by Sherry Thomas. Just one historical author who I adore, and thats Lisa Kleypas. Even I found Bridgerton's Julia Quinn is a little boring for me. But now I'm glad to find another Historical Romance book which I enjoyed. Teresa Medeiros's writing is flowing, easy to read, funny, with some heartbreaking moment.
Some readers may find they don't like hero who have a bastard or a widower and have so many children. We will think some of Bannor's children are bastards. But when the story goes, we know that the children not his bastards. Just another people's child who Bannor took to his home. Because he doesn't want them to have same fate with him, to be abandoned by his father and live poor. I love Willow strength too, even she always live tormented at her home, she still face it.
Another characters I like are Bannor's children. They all naughty, but not like Willow's step-sibling who have a mean bone. They do that because they want Bannor to care for them, to watch them and love them like a real father.
Why I don't give this full 5 stars, maybe because I found the "love scene" is too flowery for me, lol. I think I'm too much read erotica, or PNR. Which sex scene always told directly, hot and so steamy *grin sheepisly*. And I found my self snort and giggling when read the sex scene at this book. But not that bad, just a "little tame" to my preference, LMAO!
My favorite quote of this book is by Fiona, Bannor's house servant and caretaker.:
Love isn't a burst o' trumpets and flock o' doves descendin' out o' the heavens to roost on yer heads. Tis' sharin' a cup o' tea by the hearth of cold winter's night. Tis' the look in yer husband's eyes when ye lay yer first child in his arms. Tis' the ache in yer heart when ye watch the light in his eyes dim fer the last time and know a part o' ye has gone out o' this world with him
If you love Historical Romance which took place at Tudor era, make sure to include Teresa Medeiros's book at your list :) ...more
I just see the date when I start reading Geish and finish it, and it took me more than 1 month! Yeah, actually I kinda had a dry spell in readi3 stars
I just see the date when I start reading Geish and finish it, and it took me more than 1 month! Yeah, actually I kinda had a dry spell in reading because I'm distracted with game that I played today. I neglect Geist for many days but there's something niggling in my min. Like an itch that need to be scratched. So, I decide to pick Geist and finally finish this one tonight.
The story start with a bang with our heroine, Deacon Sorcha Faris lose her husband and partner in a fight, and must bonded herself with Merrick Chamber. Deacon is like a peace protector, those who stand between the living and the dead, called geist. Deacon divided into 2 type, Active that is offense type like Sorcha. Their partner called Sensitive, who support Active to fight Geist by Sight, a ability to peer into the Otherside when Geist reside. The problem begin when Sorcha and Merrick that go to Ulrich to investigate strange incident meet Raed Rossin. Raed, called the Pretender, is the son of the last emperor of Arkaym that lose his throne to the current Emperor. Raed himself hold a curse,named the Rossin aka The Beast (that explain the lion on the cover). Things get complicated when Sorcha and Merrick face betrayal in Ulrich and face a sinister threat, and Sorcha get entangled by Raed, both mentally and physically.
Geist not bad, but like so many first book in a series, its have big weakness. Complicated world building. My biggest pet peeve in fantasy book is a map. A fantasy book without map will get me lose because I don't know where the story set, when its happen and how much time our MCs need to travel to city A to B. Also, Ballantine kinda jump to the water, write so little explanation that make me so confused when read Geist at first. I just realized that there was a prologue to Geist which explain the event before Geist start. Even the story start with a bang, the plot also slow. The pace begin to pick up in the middle part until the end.
The strength of Geist is the character. Sure Nalini Singh said that the world of the Geist is original, but I detect some old fantasy troupe, like sword and sorcery. Sorcha and Merrick role perfectly fit into this troupe. Its not that bad, quite opposite actually. It just I hope that Ballantine give some glossarium to explain about the term and event in this book. The other plus point is the characters. I like Sorcha. A.Lot. This is a heroine that so badass, without lose her feminine will, confident with her sexuality and her power. While her relationship with Merrick is still grow a little, hers with Raed is wow.
Mark my words, Geist is NOT A ROMANCE. Sorcha already married and even I said she lose her husband, said husband is still much alive. What happen between Raed and Sorcha might be categorized into infidelity. But who can blame Sorcha? Her marriage already crumbling, her husband is distant from her she barely remember how to feel a man's warmth. I like how Ballantine wrote about Sorcha and Raed. Who said that fantasy can't have sex on it? Yes for YA fantasy maybe, but adult fantasy is very very welcome to have sex scene. Beside Ballantine not write it graphically, even the infidelity part might trigger some readers that not like cheating. But like I state before, Geist is not romance, Sorcha's act with Raed have believable reason and I really love this pair. Their dynamic is kinda remind me of Kate Daniels and Curran Lenart, but while Kate-Curran is too slow like snail, Sorcha and Raed is already sizzle from the beginning. Is that bad? Nope, nope in my opinion ;).
While the weakness of Geist is the complicated world building, I still recommend this one to fantasy readers alike. The concept is good, the plot have a good dollop of mystery and suspense, the conspirary is intriguing, the characters are lovable. I will definitely read the next to know what's waiting for our deacon Sorcha, her partner Merrick and her fugitive lover, Raed....more