This was a DNF for me at around 50%. I was hoping it would get better but my reading time is valuable and I just can't force myself to devote anymoreThis was a DNF for me at around 50%. I was hoping it would get better but my reading time is valuable and I just can't force myself to devote anymore to this one. I do not agree with the other reviewers who say this isn't your normal love triangle. It is. It may actually be worse and I hate love triangles. After half the book I hated all 3 of these people and had no desire for any of them to find their happily ever after. Not only that but the writing rambled on. I was a huge fan of the first 2 Katy Regnery fairy tales but this one, despite having the outward appearance of a character driven story, was just telling the same story by 3 different people. There was no show here. We get 3 different perceptions of the same situations as they occur which gives the impression that the story isn't moving along at all. The only thing that IS moving the story along is the drastic time jumping.
Because I really enjoyed the first two in this series I'm hoping this one was a fluke and I will enjoy the next one. ...more
Though this is the kind of story that I'm so desperately searching for every time I pick up a book (or my Kindle) it is so bad for me... My face is stThough this is the kind of story that I'm so desperately searching for every time I pick up a book (or my Kindle) it is so bad for me... My face is stuck in a book while dinner is cooking, I'm ignoring my family, I'm counting down the minutes until my baby's bedtime and my poor husband knows not to even talk to me. I need to finish this story!
I was drawn in from the first sentence and could not stop thinking about Holden and Gris until the HEA was complete. I'm now addicted to Katy Regnery's fairy tale re-tellings. Character driven books are my absolute favorites and Katy Regnery does a fabulous job creating beautiful and lovable characters.
I absolutely loved Fighting Silence so when I finished it I immediately began reading Fighting Shadows. In the previous story, Fighting Silence, I lovI absolutely loved Fighting Silence so when I finished it I immediately began reading Fighting Shadows. In the previous story, Fighting Silence, I loved Flint's character. I loved how the author described all 3 boys and how their personalities meshed together. Flint was the smart one with a cool head that could still kick some a$$ when need be. With that said, I didn't feel that Flint's character held true to the Flint we met in Fighting Silence.
Flint was the smart one who could also fight hard. It was mentioned a few times that he went to college and (wow) completed his 4 year degree in 2 1/2, which is spectacular. But I just felt that because he was no longer a "fighter" his smarts with the books should have taken more of a center stage. His brooding was a big part of the book but he'd flip it on a dime. Again, I just didn't feel his character was consistent. Then came Ash and his relationship with her. I really didn't get it. One second he's in love with (view spoiler)[Eliza (hide spoiler)] and the next he realizes, "oh hey, I think I love that girl who I've just met" because she's spontaneous and funny. That didn't bode well with me. Not enough substance to the love! That and the timeline... I couldn't grab onto it.
I definitely didn't dislike Fighting Shadows, but it didn't hit the spot quite like its predecessor. I read Fighting Solitude already too (which I felt the same about) but I'm definitely interested in reading more of what Aly Martinez has in store for us. Both her past work and her future. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I haven't written a review in a very long time. But I haven't read a book that's kept me up until the weee hours of the morning in a really long timeI haven't written a review in a very long time. But I haven't read a book that's kept me up until the weee hours of the morning in a really long time either. The Deal was a great difference from the normal day to day typical NA fluff that had a bit of an edge making it so much better.
I do not read NA anymore. I only picked this up because so many of my GR friends raved about it. I loved books like Beautiful Disaster and maybe a couple others that I've forgotten the names of by now, but I've been steering away from them for quite a long time because I got sick of reading the same book over and over. The TSTL heroine who falls in love with the reformed bad boy. They both have their own sobby back story but they end up saving one another from their tortured past. Well, The Deal had the premise too but the characters, writing and overall delivery of the story was so much better than the other NAs that I've read.
Hannah and Garrett were really great characters. They were both fun, down to earth and just likable people. Hannah was a tortured heroine but she didn't let it own her. She was putting herself back together and her relationship with Garrett actually didn't really suffer because of her past. The same with Garrett. He had his own demons but they didn't dominate the story, their tortured pasts enhanced the story, they didn't over angst it.
Great read... Great price... I've actually already bought and read The Mistake and am now on The Score. ...more
It took me a long time to pick up a Mercy Thompson book. I had seen the series pop up several times, over the course of the years, but I just never thIt took me a long time to pick up a Mercy Thompson book. I had seen the series pop up several times, over the course of the years, but I just never thought it would be my cuppa. I was soooo wrong and I'm so glad that I finally picked her up because Mercy Thompson is probably my most favorite heroine ever. And Fire Touched just kept her on her pedestal. Mercy is a no muss, no fuss kind of girl. She's of course beautiful but she doesn't really know it, and she sure as hell doesn't flaunt it. She has weaknesses, makes mistakes and is a bit sassy at times, but as Adam her husband points out when he finally gives it to his pack for disrespecting her, she always comes out on top and her adventures are never boring.
I hope Patricia Briggs doesn't give up on Mercy anytime soon. Mercy has so much left to offer us and I haven't gotten bored with her wild life yet. I was a bit miffed that I had to pay $13.99 for this ebook, it was such an obvious case of the publisher raping the reader. That was the most I've ever spent on one, but Mercy was worth it and I've spent more money on things that I've enjoyed far less.
I also have the audio version of every one of the Mercy Thompson books and I feel I have to mention that the narrator, Lorelei King is amazing. Her voice to me is Mercy's voice and she just adds that little tiny bit extra that pushes the Mercy Thompson series for me over the "this is great" opinion into the "this is fricken awesome!" opinion.
Had to do it... had to give this one 5 stars. All though some of the sideline stories were a bit much and I honestly skipped over some parts of them,Had to do it... had to give this one 5 stars. All though some of the sideline stories were a bit much and I honestly skipped over some parts of them, Rhage and Mary just stole the show. I've always loved Rhage. He's my favorite brother, and reading his after the happily ever after was just such a treat. ...more
**spoiler alert** This was my first Tillie Cole book and though it didn't quite do it for me as much as I would have hoped, I'll read her again.
The p**spoiler alert** This was my first Tillie Cole book and though it didn't quite do it for me as much as I would have hoped, I'll read her again.
The premise of Raze is based on our hero (Raze) who was forced (basically slaved) into the underground fight world, escapes and seeks his revenge on the man who betrayed him. This is all well and dandy, but Raze doesn't remember why he is seeking his revenge, he only knows that he is. As a matter of fact, he doesn't remember anything from his life before he entered the fighting slave world. Upon his escape his memory slowly starts coming back with the help of Kisa. The other half of his soul.
This was a really great character driven story. Tillie Cole did a great job of "showing" us what was going on instead of merely "telling" us. Both Raze and Kisa were wonderful characters that you really want to see get their happily ever after. Same with the character development of Alik. You really hoped that he got what was coming to him.
My problems came in a couple areas. The first and main issue being the way the plot unfolded. Raze just conveniently begins to remember things pertaining to Kisa. He was this huge bad ass killing machine that is now vulnerable to the world and looked only to Kisa for protection and guidance. This was explained away just too easily and completely out of the character of Raze that we were initially introduced to. I'm not saying that Raze's life was easy, just that there was no depth to the story beyond that point. No complex unfolding. Just wam bam thank you mam and now we love each other. My other area was with the editing. The book needs to be edited... Lots of typos, mis-spelled and over used words to the point that it was a bit distracting.
On that note... Within my reading I can set aside my disdain for the word "cunt". It is a strong word that can be used to express a harsh emotion. Fine, I accept it. But in the context it was used here, it just grated on my nerves... And not in the way it normally would when it's used towards a woman. Both Raze and Alik used it repeatedly when referring to the other. I don't know if you could exactly use a thesaurus in that instance, but the over utilization of that particular word was something that stood out to me.
I don't want this review to reflect too negatively because I did enjoy the book. My reading preferences sway totally to the character driven style of writing and overall I think Raze did satisfy my reading mind in that regard. ...more