**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
I will read anything Alessandra Torre writes. After The Girl in 6E, Sex Love, Repeat and now Black Lies I have committed myself to this fact. Her voicI will read anything Alessandra Torre writes. After The Girl in 6E, Sex Love, Repeat and now Black Lies I have committed myself to this fact. Her voice as a writer is captivating and I cannot deny that I am pulled into her stories as if I am actually inside them. She is a master in writing when it comes to "showing" the reader what is going on as opposed to just telling us.
With the above acknowledged, Black Lies was not my favorite Alessandra Torre book. All though I love her writing style and usually her characters are off the charts wonderful, I couldn't really relate too much Lana or really get behind her in her conquests. And since we were mostly reading her and her views on what was going on in her man(men's) lives, I had a hard time staying focused during her monologues. My slight dislike towards one of the if not the main character brought my rating down.
Lee didn't really do it for me either. I could never quite understand why a guy like him would want a woman like Lana. For anything other than sex I mean. He was a manly man who dated and screwed bored housewives and teenie bopper bimbos. He wasn't really an endearing character and I felt that in the brief encounters when he showed some vulnerability, it was out of character for a brute like him. Didn't really fit into the equation how in the end he showed his true feelings for Lana. That to me felt forced and didn't fit the storyline. (view spoiler)[ Almost as if the story had to end and Lee was being rushed into something and then accepted it too easily. (hide spoiler)]
One thing that was present in Black Lies was a great main hero. Brant was one of those guys you couldn't help but root for. I continued reading at some points and gave this book 3 stars for him alone. I fell for him within the first few pages of his entrance into Lana's life. I wanted him safe and whole and most of all happy.
I think I can mention without bringing a spoiler into the mix that this story has a pretty big twist. A reader will most likely be able to tell what the big secret is before the reveal which is about 70% in because it is huge. I was on board with this twist, fully invested in loving it once it was played out for me. But it kind of crashed and burned on me. mini (view spoiler)[ The thing is... the plot surrounding this twist is quite obviously not realistic. There were aspects involved that just couldn't realistically happen this way. I'm not a professional in that field but I could identify that! As a reader I can totally handle that! This is a work of fiction... I acknowledge that. If I was looking for "real" I'd pick up reading Nonfiction. I love this author and will read what she writes. But this one didn't quite work for me. I just couldn't 100% fully buy into it. (hide spoiler)] Things were just a bit too over the top to convince me the characters would respond in the ways that they did and everything could/would fall into place that way. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
**spoiler alert** I started Burn immediately following Ignite. I really enjoyed Ignite and would normally have been a bit miffed with the horrible cli**spoiler alert** I started Burn immediately following Ignite. I really enjoyed Ignite and would normally have been a bit miffed with the horrible cliffhanger ending (I HATE those!!!) but I was able to borrow Burn right away with my Amazon Prime membership so with the limited (and free) interruption I can let the crappy cliffy off with a pass...
Burn was almost nothing like Ignite. I didn't like it really at all. Nothing that was prevalent in Ignite was present here. The likable characters (Sara and Jaxon) somehow turned into sniveling idiots. The endearment that I had established for them in Ignite went "poof" as soon as they began wishy washing around. Do I want her? Yes, I want her. Oh wait, no I don't want her. It's best that I walk away. But maybe I do... Do I want him? Yes, but alas, he doesn't want me so I mine as well stick with the guy that's kidnapped and is "protecting" me... back and forth and back and forth... I wasn't impressed! If you're in love fight for it dammit! Don't just walk away! That's what I'm reading romance for! I want some "Burning" love that won't die no matter who steals the woman! Then when the climax did finally start rolling it was over and resolved way too quick. I felt like I was watching (the movie) The Usual Suspects. Didn't see that one coming did you? No, I didn't but in this case I didn't want to. I wanted some action! The only character that I had any warm fuzzies for was Remy. Poor, sick, twisted and demented Remy... He was quite the anti-hero in all of this.
To wrap it up... The characters I had established feelings for in Ignite took a 180 towards annoying. And the big plot and how the story came together frankly I found confusing. What happened in the end? Why did that person die? How did they die? I have no idea. Maybe it's because I started getting so annoyed with the on and on and on of nothing moving forward halfway through that I started skimming and I missed something. But considering what I DID absorb, even with the confusion I didn't feel compelled to go back through and read the parts I may have missed. I don't know if I'll read the next book or not... The set up for it was kind of a "throw in" in the Epilogue and I don't know I like the direction that was going. ...more
Lord help me, why can't I love Kristen Ashley? I want to... I used to... I absofrickenlutely LOVED Sweet Dreams, I liked Lady Luck, and Law Man... EveLord help me, why can't I love Kristen Ashley? I want to... I used to... I absofrickenlutely LOVED Sweet Dreams, I liked Lady Luck, and Law Man... Everyone else loves her! She creates great alpha males that are all hot and broody. Ugg what's wrong with me that I just can't do it anymore.
The last few KA books that I've read I've actually had to DNF. The Will was pretty much the same. There was really nothing wrong with it by Kristen Ashley standards. Great hero who just happens to have some great (and fun) kids. Kind of prissy heroine who is swept off her feet by the kind of guy all of us ladies would secretly love... This particular heroine was a bit annoying. She spoke in a combination of stuck up and (long ago from England) English. Who really says "Alas"? Once? Let alone on every page? Ok, that was an exaggeration but you get the picture. She says it a lot!
Anywho... I guess that's my problem. When I read KA I feel like I'm reading the same book over and over. The on and on about what people are wearing grates on me because I really don't care what pumps she is pairing with her ponytail. And it dances on my nerves that all though she is apparently attempting to write dialogue as a broody alpha male would actually speak it, the lack of complete sentences just makes the hero sound like a dumbass... "Need you now babe"... would it really make him a pussy, or any less "alpha-y" if he said "I need you now babe"? What would that little "I" really hurt? During every KA book I read it is inevitable that at some point I will start to picture the hero in my head as Rocky Balboa(Sylvester Stallone). "YO ADRIAN!!!" That talk where it sounds like the guy has marbles (or shit) in his mouth and can't create a coherent sentence.
Don't hate me all my KA loving goodreads friends... I still love you and I hope you can forgive me! Please help me in my quest to find my own "Kristen Ashley" to love so I can have an automatic "go to" author. ...more
Oh lordy... Don't stone me but I just can't finish this one. It went over so well with so many of my beloved Goodreads friends... Why does it have toOh lordy... Don't stone me but I just can't finish this one. It went over so well with so many of my beloved Goodreads friends... Why does it have to be me who couldn't stand these characters???!!!
Because I love and respect my GR friends so much, I'll try not to rip too hard into this book and keep my review brief. Can I just leave it as I don't have anything good to say so I won't say anything at all? No? You really want to know what I thought of Spin? Okay, you asked for it, here I go...
One of the biggest things that needs to be present in any story to endear me to the characters is their presence. They have to be there for me to love them! I made it 60% into Spin. Other than the 3 or 4 occasions when the h and H ran into each other and banged (can I use that word?) Antonio was MIA. Part of the time he was absent simply to avoid the stalkerish heroine and the other, sad as it sounds, I just didn't care where he was. I never fell for him. I never cared about him. Other than the quintessential "bad boy" image, in this reader's opinion he had nothing going for him. Other than providing the heroine with a good lay (that as of 60% never occurred in a bed) I couldn't tell why she wanted him so damn much!
Flip that coin over and it was the same for the heroine. Theresa was just a dud. She vigilantly pursued Spin to the point of, as I mentioned earlier, she was a stalker! She was the one night stand that just doesn't go away. I never could figure out what it was about her that made Spin fall for her. Other than, of course, she's so hot!
I'm sorry GR friends who loved this book. I still love you! I just couldn't follow the beat of this particular drum. ...more
My beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood series has changed... The days of books like Lover Awakened, where the focus is on one brother finding and fallingMy beloved Black Dagger Brotherhood series has changed... The days of books like Lover Awakened, where the focus is on one brother finding and falling for his shellan are over. And how can they not be? All the brothers have found their mates. So if our series is to continue it has to evolve. It took me a while to accept this realization... ho hum, I grieved. And after I did, about 20% into The King, I gave myself to it and thoroughly LOVED IT!
There are multiple stories going on all at once, which annoyed some readers. But the way I look at it this is a series about a race of beings, an entire civilization living among us! Their lives are intertwined with one another's so I honestly can't see the BDB world unfolding any other way. All my favorite characters are still there, living their lives, fighting for their loved ones, their King and their race. And now there are so many more new characters developing to love! I can't wait to see where their story goes.
I don't know how she does it, but Anne Bishop can actually draw me into her fantasies. When I read her characters whether they're The Others or her BlI don't know how she does it, but Anne Bishop can actually draw me into her fantasies. When I read her characters whether they're The Others or her Black Jewels beings, I feel as though I'm inside and a part of the story. She truly has an amazing gift.
I'm not a particular fan of straight out fantasy (or urban fantasy) novels. I'm more of a Paranormal Romance kind of girl. But for some reason when I read anything by Anne Bishop my normal likes and dislikes go out the window. The lack of romance doesn't bother me at all. The way she develops the relationships between her characters whether they be romantic, platonic or familiar, it doesn't matter. She can draw out just about every emotion I am capable of. In the Others I continue to root for The Other beings. How truly sick and demented some of humankind has become. Their feelings of entitlement without any thought as to how their selfishness affects those around them is disturbing. The Earth Natives focus on the basics of survival of the fittest and humans, though extremely intelligent and cunning simply share this land with the rest of nature. If we don't learn to respect and appreciate it, it can turn on us at any minute.
My only disappointment is how long I'll have to wait for the next installment in this series. But on the flip side of that... it has to take some time to create these wonderful worlds she does! ...more