Just another PNR series that supposed to be fun and light if we assumed from its cartoonish cover, but sadly just light but little to no fun. 2 stars
Just another PNR series that supposed to be fun and light if we assumed from its cartoonish cover, but sadly just light but little to no fun.
The idea actually remind me of Broken Heart series by Michelle Bradsley that once I liked. A town with paranormal creature as its residence, with a tag " a town that celebrate Halloween 365 days". Pretty unique at the first glance. The story itself very simple, too simple make me think "that was fast!!!" over and over.
See, from the blurb, it's obvious that both MCs have a big secret of their own. Actually this kind of story is not a big deal for me. I like the suspense that followed, anxiously waiting for when the "big lie" part will be revealed. Anyhoo, Painter open their secret early, too early for my liking. It's okay, it's okay, maybe Painter think that no need to prolong MCs secret until the end, but it kinda took away the suspense part :/.
Vampire's Mail Order Bride did have so many PNR cliche'. And I think some part read like Twilight. Really, the year is 2015 (when this book published) and still Twilight kinda "influence" your story. Sure, Hugh, the hero and vampire, is not sparkle like Eddy. But his angst and over protectiveness toward the heroine, Delaney, can rivaled the sparkling vampire. I know that was reason behind Hugh's protective streak, but it getting old and old and old. Fortunately Delaney is no Bella, but I hate the "damsel in distress" part, like seriously, can you come with something new??? Is the heroine in PNR must be saved? I know PNR is not UF, but it doesn't mean PNR heroine can't be kick ass! Enough with kidnapping, grrrr!!
The last part also...duh, too-Twilight again -.-. That's why I reduce the star and just give this 2. As a starter for a series, Nocturne Falls did have potential, especially if you like a small town kind of story. Sadly the humor is just a few, the romance is predictable. Both MCs are pretty standard (or boring, meh, you name it). The only character I like is Stanhill, Hugh's rook (like Alfred to Bruce Wayne, in a cool way). I like his banter with Hugh and hope he get his own story. The residence of Nocturne Falls are not bad either.
Oh, another point again. I think Painter is...shy to write a sex scene? I first recognized this when reading her Las Vegas series (forget the right name) that have h/H just kissing. Nevermind, it's UF to be honest. Not that I want PNR must be sexy, sexy, sexy, but the fade to black scene kinda weird. It's not bother me tho...but I think Painter can spice the story a little bit not just write it too vanilla. (I don't think this is vanilla either, it's like ...booom, they have sex. The end.)
As a starter, Vampire Mail Order Bride didn't wowed me, but I see its potential. It's perfect for a quick and light read. I just hope that humor is plenty, tho. Sadly, I don't get my wish....more
GOSH, I WISH GOODREADS GIVE ME BACK MY EARLY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK!!
So, back then when coloring book trend just started, I buy Secret Garden and reviewGOSH, I WISH GOODREADS GIVE ME BACK MY EARLY REVIEW OF THIS BOOK!!
So, back then when coloring book trend just started, I buy Secret Garden and review it with gusto. Then Goodreads decide that coloring book is "not a book", therefore removed Secret Garden together with my review! --"
And now they decide that coloring book is a book. I feel so annoyed! :(
Alright, so, I like coloring (even now I rarely do it) and Johanna Basford's coloring book is a blast! I like her illustration, so detail, so tricky, so full of wondrous delight!. I have all of her coloring books, included Enchanted Forest, Lost Ocean and the newest installation, Magical Jungle (still pre-ordered). My color pencil, pen and marker love her books too, like its owner ;3.
Please Goodreads, don't delete this review. I gettin' tired write it over and over -.-....more
So many reviewers on Goodreads here stated thay they just read and rate The Undying King. Make sense, tho. But for me, since I had read Jeffe K4 stars
So many reviewers on Goodreads here stated thay they just read and rate The Undying King. Make sense, tho. But for me, since I had read Jeffe Kennedy's Twelve Kingdom, I rated this anthology fully. If you not familiar with Kennedy's writing, you will get very confused read her novella The Crown of The Queen, because its story is the continuation after . I don't know why put Kennedy's novella first, but I guess they have their own reason. If you not read Twelve Kingdoms yet, just go ahead to read The Undying King, even you not read Draven's book yet. The Undying King is stand-alone
The Crown of the Queen is full of intrigue and told from Daphne Mailloux's POV, the librarian that accompany Salena's daughter, Ursula, Amelia and Andromeda from the beginning of the story. Its deal with the event after The Talon of the Hawk, the coronation of Ursula as the new High Queen of Twelve Kingdoms. I really like this novella, I can see Daphne's struggle to make sure Ursula's coronation run well. It never a dull moment, and always lovely to read the sisters from another POV. Kennedy write Ursula coronation regally. No happy ending, and yes, no romance either. This novella indeed for Twelve Kingdoms readers. Anyhow, if you not read Twelve Kingdoms yet, I said "just read it already!". I think that series is very underrated. Twelve Kingdoms is a unique fantasy romance, and if you like a fantasy with intrigue, magic, romance, character development and also steamy sex scene, try read the first book of the series .
The Undying King is a stand alone novella by Grace Draven, told story about Imogen, a women whom touch kill anyone. After her mother's death, she search a fable, legend, city called Tineroth. Imogen believe that Tineroth's ruler, Cededa -once called Cededa the Fair, then Cededa the Butcher, but more known as The Undying King- will help her get rid of her curse. Both Imogen and Cededa never thought that they will attract to each other. Another is Death's handmaiden, and the King is live eternally for 4ooo years, yet when Cededa touch Imogen, he feel so alive for the first time.
Seems simple right? Yep, very simple, but this is Draven we talk about. I read her Wraith Kings series, Radiance and Eidolon, and love it's non-traditional take of romance trope. So many things can go wrong with Undying King, yet Draven can make it so right for me. Virgin, untried heroine not my forte, yet I like how Draven portray Imogen. I grown to attach to both Imogen and Cededa. I feel how Cededa suffer for thousands years and find his own happiness in Imogen. The ending also non traditional as well. The ending -its have HEA- will begging reader for more. I want more Cededa and Imogen, please!! The sex scene also very steamy, and while I don't like virgin heroine that suddenly know about sex while she's so skittish at first, Draven handle it well.
For Crown and Kingdom is great if you like fantasy romance. I really enjoy this anthology since I'm a fans of Jeffe Kennedy and Grace Draven. Can't wait for their next collaboration!!
Her hand drifted down his arm in a languid caress. "I never thought I'd meet a king", she said in a sleepy voice. "Especially a fabled one."
Cededa hugged her to him. Her breathing slowed and her body grew heavy against his. "I never thought I'd hold Death," he whispered in darkness. "Or beg her love and mercy."