My God this one f**ked up story but loved every minute of it...in fact I'm licking my fingers clean from its stickiness. In a esscence the book was da...moreMy God this one f**ked up story but loved every minute of it...in fact I'm licking my fingers clean from its stickiness. In a esscence the book was dark, twisted and down right gritty. Lydia, the heroine, was the only weak point for me. I didn't connect with her as deeply as I did with the hero, Joe. Yes, there were certain scenes (holy mother of god--the coffin scene!)that I truely felt awful for her but there were other times I wanted to say, "You brought that on yourself you stupid girl!" IMO she was more screwed up than the writer let on, her submissive behavior was contradictory to her being this supposed bad ass with phenomenal fighting skills. I understand that she was tortured into submission yet Lydia craved it even after she escaped. The only thing about Joe that confused me was why he didn't just tell Lydia about all this crap rather than have her guess. I don't know it was good and I will recommend it to all my dark and twisted friends.(less)
First off let me start by saying that this book came out of left field for me. I went into it thinking that this was going to be a paranormal romance...moreFirst off let me start by saying that this book came out of left field for me. I went into it thinking that this was going to be a paranormal romance and I knew that it would be fabulous because everything "Poppet" writes is praise worthy. Holy mother of god! (or should I say Erra?) What I got was soooooo much more than a pathetic label. The story kicks you in your teeth from the get go, starting with our heroine being stalked by a former co-worker's son and a hulking mystery man steps in to save the day. From that point on, the plot wheels are spinning at full speed and Mistress Poppet burns her addictive branding over our hearts. I was absolutely floored at the richness of her research, proof that she takes her craft serious. I've taken many theology classes and it was thrilling to see some of the same context used in the story.
Point blank---I'm reading story number two today. Loved this story!!(less)
Despite the sluggish beginning, I found that once things started to develop I couldn't put it down. The religious undertones was phenomenal and well r...moreDespite the sluggish beginning, I found that once things started to develop I couldn't put it down. The religious undertones was phenomenal and well researched. I also thought that it was an interesting approach to the whole angels, demons, vampyres lore--a breath of fresh air. The supporting characters were well done and I'm interested in where some of them my go in the series. The hero (Seithe) was a bit off his rocker at first and the heroine (Phoebe) wasn't my favorite but the story itself more than made up for it.
Pros: well researched folklore (unlike most paranormal books), very detailed descriptions-you could almost feel like you were there, fabulous price and no gaps in plot or story.
Cons: slow beginning, heroine was too easily swayed (in my opinion)
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is tired of reading the same old thing in paranormal books or anyone who like christian folklore. I will be reading more of this author for sure.(less)
I am going against the grain with the rest of the reviewers and only giving this book 2 stars. Since there are few pros than cons, I'll start with the...moreI am going against the grain with the rest of the reviewers and only giving this book 2 stars. Since there are few pros than cons, I'll start with the positives.
Pros: The writing was sound and it was free. I've encountered many freebies that are just awful in this area.
Cons: I didn't like the characters...like at all. Chloe was beyond annoying and there were times I was seriously cheering for her to fail. In the beginning she describes Jason has a fake Ken doll with really dry skin but after watching his movies, the naive little girl has an epiphany that she's in love with him. Sounds like true love. Jason was not as bad but he left a lot to be desired. Matthew was a judgemental holy roller, Lori was shallow and Kyra needed to be slapped.
All in all the story wasn't bad but it wasn't my cup of tea either. The story felt like a chick lit/young adult crossbred without all the teenage agnst or drama. Will I read the book again?...No. Would I recommend this book to people?...Maybe. It would depend what your looking for. If your wanting chick lit fluff, with little or no offensive material, no steamy scenes but the here is a big shot superstar then I would say yes. But if you are looking for something other than marshmellows and cotton candy then my answer would be no. Like I said it's not a bad book, it just wasn't what I wanted it to be.