This was the second novel I've read by Lorraine Heath, and so far she's 2-0 in my playbook. It's irritating reading romances by the same author in qui...moreThis was the second novel I've read by Lorraine Heath, and so far she's 2-0 in my playbook. It's irritating reading romances by the same author in quick succession because the similarities between books detract from the story. All you see is the repetition of the same characters and plot-lines. In these there were similarities, but Always to Remember was every bit as unique and refreshing as Sweet Lullaby. Jake and Clayton are both beta-heroes, but each with his own fully developed personality and quirks. Both had tortured pasts and the patience and perseverance to put those past behind them, but beyond that the comparisons end. Of course, all that is irrelevant. The emphasis that needs to be made isn't how these books differ from one another, it's how they differ from other books in the genre. Jake and Clayton are not perfect in appearances or sexual prowess-- they are perfect in their hearts. They have a depth and strength of character that eludes most romantic heroes. So many times when I'm reading a romance novel I have to ask myself why in hell the heroine falls for the hero so quickly and with that oh-so-typical soul-shattering force. But with these heroes, it's not a question of how could they, it's the question of how could they not. The tables are turned. The women are not the gems being fortuitously plucked from the mud, the men are, and it makes all the difference when it comes to truly satisfying the reader. I'd recommend these books to anyone. In fact, I urge everyone to read them. (less)
The perfect Halloween weekend read. I loved everything about this book. No complaints other than the obvious boohoo fest near the end. Horror, love, ac...moreThe perfect Halloween weekend read. I loved everything about this book. No complaints other than the obvious boohoo fest near the end. Horror, love, action, drama, survival, loss, hope, betrayal, you name it--it was there. Plus, Mary is the ultimate badass. In only one novel, she has secured a spot among my top five favorite protagonist. Most importantly, though, are the messages. It makes you think about your own life. Should you be complacent with the world around you? Or should you chase after your ocean? Can you truly be happy with just love? Can you truly be happy without it? Is an axe really the best weapon against a cannibalistic zombie horde? Which ties are stronger, those of the family you were born into or the ones you create? (less)
When I first stumbled upon Broken, I was so blown away that I rushed to read all of Megan Hart's other highly rated books. Problem was I skipped over...moreWhen I first stumbled upon Broken, I was so blown away that I rushed to read all of Megan Hart's other highly rated books. Problem was I skipped over this one. Big Mistake. I realize why people rated this novel so poorly. It is bizarre and the ending made me rush to the bathroom so no one could se me crying over the damn thing, but it is profoundly poignant. It's beautiful, really.
This is not a love story, this is a story about love. What love is, and what it means. 98% of romances depict love as being a black or white type emotion, but anyone who lives in reality knows this is not true. We wish it could be, but it simply isn't. Love is indefinable, confusing, and easy to second-guess. Maybe such a thing is just a word after all since there is no correct emotion to express it.
Deeper has alternating chapters between the past and the present. Suprisingly, I was equally engaged in both. The Past tells the storyline of how 20 year-old Bess cheats on her cheating boyfriend with "Nick the Prick", the townie man-slut, while she's away at the beach one summer. The Present, tells the story of 40 year-old Bess and 21 year-old Nick, who has returned from "the gray" to be with her after she seperates from her husband Andy (the cheating boyfriend) and returns to the same beach all those years later.
Besides the fact that the leading man is dead, the other main reason people didn't like this book were the characters themselves. Both of them are complete assholes. Nowhere in the book is there an "I love you" from Nick; and that I believe is the whole point--the point that people are missing when they read this. Some things shouldn't have to be expressed with vapid words to appreciate. Then again, sometimes they should.(less)
If you're an insecure, teenage girl you're probably going to like this book. It is, as was the author's blatant intention, a 21st Century, sexed-up ve...moreIf you're an insecure, teenage girl you're probably going to like this book. It is, as was the author's blatant intention, a 21st Century, sexed-up version of Wuthering Heights in which Cathy chooses Heathcliffe.
Lots of smarmy morals... Ugly ducklings can turn into the beautiful swans....We're all DUFFs in comparison to one another.... The way to guy's heart is through his dick...just classic stuff like that.
The end of Fitz's journey is certainly a bittersweet one. Looking back on both of the trilogies that encompassed his character's life, I didn't see me...moreThe end of Fitz's journey is certainly a bittersweet one. Looking back on both of the trilogies that encompassed his character's life, I didn't see merely a fantasy story full of magic, dragons, and evil tyrants; I saw through to the fantasy of life that is universally filled with horrors and blessings for Six Dutchies and planet Earth denizens alike. Fitz's was the epic struggle to simply live life. Not all loose ends were tied, and many secrets were left forgotten. In the end, he wasn't known as a hero and his world wasn't suddenly a better place. But seasons changes, people married and had babies, and Fitz found peace.
Personally, I wanted more from Hobb than was given. In her efforts to keep Fitz's tale as an insufferably human one, he had to sacrifice everything, only to gain half of what he modestly wanted all along. After several thousand pages of Fitzchivalry Farseer, its awful for his story to come to an end. Of course, there are countless others to be told, and I'm just happy to be able to hold this one close to my heart.
Additional random musings: (spoilers) Okay, as a woman, I had a difficult time approving of any of Fitz's women. Especially his precious Molly. So, of course, the ending peeved me quite a bit. This is shameful to admit, but up until the end I kept hoping that the Fool was goin to pop out and be like "suprise! It dimples!" and she and Fitz would live happily ever after and have little fool's of there own. When it became apparent that it dangled, however, I still wanted Fitz to forget marriage and just be happy loving the Fool (without the bedding, of course). Not of that happened, and in addition he lost the Fool altogether. She ends the book by saying that a horse can only have one sadle, but I find that contradictory to what Fitz needed to learn. All his life, he had to choose. What he needed was compromise, and it never really happened.(less)
Poor Fitzy fitz. Just can't catch a break. Neither can I it seems. First George R.R. Martin, now Robin Hobb. Excellent (albeit very large) character d...morePoor Fitzy fitz. Just can't catch a break. Neither can I it seems. First George R.R. Martin, now Robin Hobb. Excellent (albeit very large) character drivin novels full of trial and trib....nope just trial. "See bad things happen to good people" they advertise. Why oh why do I keep reading them then?! It's likelucky charms with no marshmallows, or a love ballad with no lyrics. Yet somehow, bereft of all sweetness, the reader is left with something so much more satisfying than the regular, run of the mill 'good triumphs over evil' steriotype. I suppose, in the end, true heroism is defined by sacrifice not achievement.
At any rate, I found this second novel to be fantastic and depressing. See Fitz get his heart broken. See Fitz tortured and brutalized. See Fitz lose his humanity. See fitz die. How much worse can it get? I don't know, but I'm certain to find out. The farther the fall, the higher the bounce--right?(less)
I need closure. Its killing me. As dissapointed as I was that there was no Jon and very little Arya, not to mention a lot of characters I had no conne...moreI need closure. Its killing me. As dissapointed as I was that there was no Jon and very little Arya, not to mention a lot of characters I had no connection with, this book was still amazing. The weakest of the series, yet still way beyond most of the garbage out there. When Jamie popped up in SoS, I was amazed at my own ability to go from wishing for him to lose his head to crying over him losing his hand, so when Cercei popped up in this one I said "Hell no, no matter what Martin i'm always going to hate that bitch!" And contrary to what I feared, I only hated her even more by the end. Which was priceless by the way. Too bad I'll be 40 years old by the time the 6th book comes out, if it ever does. (less)
This was the most beautiful and fitting ending to one of the greatest trilogies I've ever read. These nove...morePhew, and I thought the first book was epic!
This was the most beautiful and fitting ending to one of the greatest trilogies I've ever read. These novels were pure, heart-felt magic.
I was apprehensive at first that this novel was set a whopping 10 years after the previous; but I should have know better. In the end it made no difference. Phedre and Joscelin are just so..so ..kick-ass. Who was I to think that would change?! I'll admit, it had lots of up's and downs. I was convinced my heart was going to break in Darsanga, but not even those horrors could best the duo. And much like them, I certainly didn't expect to fall in love with Imriel like I did. To me, that was the most beautiful touch to the story. The fact that they finally found a true family in the end, and all of the scars of the past they were able to simply wash away through love. I had hoped that Kushiel would release Phedre in the end, but hey, not everything in life can be wrapped up in a pretty bow.
Overall, the novel was brilliant. A little slow at the beginning, then half-way through BOOM! it became fabulous. Wonderful, dynamic characters. At one point I put my hands over my eyes and thanked God Phedre and Joscelin are pure fiction, because no couple that crazy need ever to walk the earth. A priest and whore...The makings of a truly good read. (less)
Not as much action as the first but still pretty good. I figured this one out by accident so the big mystery wasn't really a mystery. Ah well...Assyri...moreNot as much action as the first but still pretty good. I figured this one out by accident so the big mystery wasn't really a mystery. Ah well...Assyrian pirates were worth it. I actually cried during this one, which is something I haven't done in a long time and especially not over a damn book.
Of course, this is no simple book. This is the middle novel in one of the most planned out, epic adventures I've ever had the pleasure of reading. You fall head over heals for all of the characters, most especially Phedre. She is the ultimate female heroine. Beautiful, intelligent, lovable, and one of those characters that the reader can put their absolute trust in. Damn! I love these novels, they just take forever to read.
To me there is just one very big issue.... Melisande. I fell in love with Alcuin and Delauney in the first, then Fortun and Remy in the second. Each time she's responsible for their deaths, so It almost feels like a betrayal for Phedre still to be so conflicted over her. Just kill the bitch!! She's had several chances now and she didn't take them. If Phedre doesn't personally murder her in the next novel I'm going to be pissed. Enough said.
Anyway, to anyone who's started these novels-Keep Reading! I have a feeling this is a series I'm going to re-read many times in the future.(less)
...Actually one word isn't enough considering I just read a 1600 page novel. Yesterday, when I told my boyfriend that I had "naught to...moreOne word- Epic.
...Actually one word isn't enough considering I just read a 1600 page novel. Yesterday, when I told my boyfriend that I had "naught to do with it" and recieved a half-mocking, half-incredulous glare, I realized that perhaps I should have divested the novel through a few more sittings rather that devour it through every waking moment for three straight days! And during final exams week, nonetheless.
Despite this, I have mixed feelings. Part of me couldn't put it down, but another (weaker) part of me found it to be tedious and much too detailed to keep reading. In the beginning, I couldn't keep all the names together and was a complete loss politically. Emotions are easy enough to understand usually, but even those Carey made immensly complex. However, as fantastical as this novel is, I would consider it to be more human and realistically written than most of the garbage I read. It is a beautiful world and story, regardless of the fact that I seriously doubt the ancient world in which the novel was set was anything like it.
This book probably has the most unlikely couple of all time-- a whore and a priest. How inventive. Of course, the romance aspect was a little lacking anyway. Plenty of death, politics, S&M, and intricate plots...but no true romance. Perhaps it will bud in the later novels. All I know is that I have to find out. And soon. Whatever Melisande has up her sleeve this time I'm ready to find out.
*One final note* I give this book props for containing the most disturbing scene I've ever read. I didn't think old Selig had it in him. Ugghh...I'm cringing just thinking about it. (less)
OMG I love this book! I've probably read this book nearly as many times as I've read Harry Potter. I bought it at a book fair in the 7th grade and I s...moreOMG I love this book! I've probably read this book nearly as many times as I've read Harry Potter. I bought it at a book fair in the 7th grade and I still love it. lol
My first review was very harsh, then I got to comparing this novel to a few that I read following this novel, and found a new appreciation for it. It...moreMy first review was very harsh, then I got to comparing this novel to a few that I read following this novel, and found a new appreciation for it. It could be dull in places, but for the most part it was excellent. Action, love, mystery...one of the greatest actual romances (Jamie/Claire) that I've ever read. Fantastic character development.