I liked it, but I sort of felt like Dante was just another Trey in the bedroom. They both used "baby" when referring to their women, they both did thaI liked it, but I sort of felt like Dante was just another Trey in the bedroom. They both used "baby" when referring to their women, they both did that "good girl" thing, both wanted the same kinds of sex. I guess that's just what the author likes so she's going to make every guy do that too. Seriously not every man wants to bang a girl in her bum and say it was made for him and will take him because of it. I'll probably still listen to the third one but I expect THAT guy will be the same as the other two....more
The problem with this book does not lie with the narrator. It isn't her fault that 70% in I decided I didn't rThis book is bad and it should feel bad.
The problem with this book does not lie with the narrator. It isn't her fault that 70% in I decided I didn't really give a crap about what happens at the end and gave up.
It's a shame, too. I started out really liking this book because the first chapter was so funny.
I didn't feel like I was reading about faeries and vampires and other paranormal creatures at all. There was nothing actually otherworldly about any of them and it as really disappointing.
Bram is basically just a subpar version of Laurel K Hamilton's "Jean-Claude". But instead of "ma petite" he thinks it is funny to call Dolcie "sweet". It's basically the same character. He owns a club and everything.
I don't particularly like any of the other 3 male "love interests" at all. Quillin or whatever the hell his name is...I guess he's okay, but I still don't like him. The other three are pompous a-holes.
And don't get me started on Dolcie. She's a friggin' idiot. She's supposed to be law enforcement and the best but she screws up all over the place and lets everyone else convince her of what she should be doing, except when she decides not to listen to them and then ends up screwing up again.
She's supposed to be this super hot faerie according to all the men in this book but she's insecure enough that she goes around being jealous of all the other women in the book, and it actually interferes with her work. I hate main characters that hate how they look to the point where it comes up over and over and friggin' over again. Can't we get some women who are comfortable with themselves or something to follow around? She may as well be any regular human lead in a young adult paranormal romance.
Also, I'm not into S&M or anything, and I would have been fine if Dolcie was just turned off by the goings on there, but then she went and called everyone who might be interested in such a thing freaks and made it seem like it was wrong (and also ruined her undercover shit there for a second time, why didn't she just tell Knight to go there himself, she's so dumb), and that's about when I gave up on this book.
If I'm lucky, Audible will let me return it or something....more
It was refreshing to read an urban fantasy/paranormal book that didn't involve sexy vampires and people wanting to bang the sexy vampires. Instead, thIt was refreshing to read an urban fantasy/paranormal book that didn't involve sexy vampires and people wanting to bang the sexy vampires. Instead, the vampires were horrifying and vicious monsters, and the book focused more on horror and action than romance. If you want some nice blood and gore, vampires that are actually frightening, and a little bit of steamy romance to tie things up, give this book a try....more
This deserves a better review, but I'm feeling lazy. Suffice it to say that I feel it handles "insta-love" much better than other YA books, and becausThis deserves a better review, but I'm feeling lazy. Suffice it to say that I feel it handles "insta-love" much better than other YA books, and because of this, I am already reading the second book. I like a girl with some spunk. :)...more
I was going to give this book two stars, but I decided it has enough redeeming qualities for me to say "I like it", which is what 3 stars is labeled aI was going to give this book two stars, but I decided it has enough redeeming qualities for me to say "I like it", which is what 3 stars is labeled as on this site.
This is a less crappy version of Twilight. Here we have a girl with a real reason to have some serious issues - Ever. Her entire family has died in a car crash and she is the only one to have survived, only now she's psychic and being able to hear peoples' thoughts and know things about them when she touches them has caused her to go from popular to recluse.
Ever is also mostly likable. She's a bit stubborn, but hey, she's young, so she's allowed to be stupid sometimes and make mistakes. She can be a bit annoying, but she's much, much better than Bella. She has a backbone and puts her foot down a few times throughout the book, even reacting properly to revelations of supernaturalness (none of that "kill me so I can be a vamp" crap that Bella pulled).
I definitely had some problems reading this early on. The story was pretty heavily focused on the relationship between Ever and Damen and I had gotten more interested in hearing about what was going on with the awesome ghost-sister Riley, or Haven's situation with crazy-she-bitch. This is because I don't like Damen. I really don't like Damen. He's like Edward except he keeps encouraging Ever to skip school to be with him instead of actually wanting what's best for her. Though he's a bit better than Edward because at least there's a better reason for him to have lived 600 years and yet want this teenager like a pedophile than "you smell so fucking good and I wanna eat you and also I can't read your mind".
The thing that got me through this book is that it became clear that things were happening throughout that lead up to the climax and action scenes at the end, with all the revelations that unfolded during it. It wasn't like Twilight that was all poorly-written yearning and crappy romance and then OMG VAMPIRES CRASHING OUR BASEBALL GAME AND THEY WANT TO EAT BELLA. No, this plot was cleverly immersed within the events, with nice little hints and tidbits to help you along to the end. That was nice. Not as nice as adult paranormal-mystery-romance novels, but pretty good for a YA one.
I was actually pretty pleased with Ever's character growth by the end, how she took time to think about some important decisions or make her own way. I almost want to read more of this series so I can see if she actually begins to use her gift to help people and has actual adventures now that the romance shit should technically be over.
Before I end this review, I need to note:
1. Okay, WE GET IT, she presses her lips together when she's annoyed. But people don't actually realize when they're doing that, and this is written in the first person, so maybe there are other ways to say it, or you could leave it out, or SOMETHING? Because if it was that annoying to me while I was listening, surely it'd be more annoying to have to READ it over and over.
2. I got real tired of the tulips thing real fast. I realized right away what that was all about and was actually sort of frustrated she didn't look up the flowers until the end of the book. Also I'd like to know what site she got the meaning of the white rose from, because when *I* looked it up on the internet all the top hits said it meant purity or innocence. I didn't get any of that lack of heart mess in my results.
3. Tattoo anticlimax stuff much? Why go into all that shit about it moving if you aren't going to follow up on that part of it? Why not just focus on the part where it looks infected?
Okay, I'm done now. In short, if you can get through the first half, the second half of this book is much more interesting. If you liked Tiger's Curse or Twilight, you'll definitely like this book, because it's the same thing but better. If you are like me and didn't like those books, though, you might want to think about staying away from this one if you aren't listening to the audiobook like I did. I'd have given up on it earlier if I was reading it....more
A note - I listened to the audiobook, so I can't really comment on grammar or anything since I never saw any of the words. Liked the narrator, though.A note - I listened to the audiobook, so I can't really comment on grammar or anything since I never saw any of the words. Liked the narrator, though.
There were a lot of things I liked about this book. A LOT. I do wish more of Lena's actions had been explained explicitly, because even though my brain writes them off (view spoiler)[as because she is half-mermaid (hide spoiler)], I shouldn't have to write them off. I should be told. But let's get into why I liked this book so much that it has 5 stars despite this flaw, shall we?
First of all, I genuinely liked Lena. She had a lot of reactions I probably would have as a kid, and most of her strange behavior such as being obsessed with learning to surf, or sleepwalking to the beach, is actually explained (view spoiler)[by her genetic makeup and because of the siren song she is hearing subconsciously at first, and consciously later (hide spoiler)].
Lena has a functional family and friends who aren't dipsticks, which is a nice change from the norm. She is in a normal relationship with Kai, not one that's all purple prose and barfness (view spoiler)[(though it's pretty clear she doesn't love him, she cares for him and isn't a bitch to him at all) (hide spoiler)]. And she has a little brother who is in the book a good chunk of the time. He isn't the bratty kind of little brother. He's just a normal kid, and Lena loves him quite a bit.
I really like that the plot of this book wasn't focused around romance and love at first sight. I mean, that mess is definitely in there and I almost took a start off because of it. (view spoiler)[And I definitely wish the author explained the whole immediate lovestruck bullcrap as something that just happens to and because of mermaids, because it would certainly make it easier to swallow. And with the early explanation that humans become obsessed with merfolk if they see a mer-person, this would certainly be plausible.> (hide spoiler)]
But ultimately, true love is NOT what drives Lena to pull off the whole rebellious teenager running away from home bit that you know is going to happen, and isn't even close to being the driving force of this book. In fact, the biggest reason I love this book is a spoiler, and I'm sorry I can't share it openly, but here it is:
(view spoiler)[When Lena regains her memories of her family on land and realizes how devastated her little brother would be if she never went back, she actually does not do the selfish thing and remain under water to be with her mother and true barfy love, and she doesn't try to have her cake and eat it, too. She calmly accepts all the conditions set upon her to never seek out the merfolk again, and in spite of her true love calling for her to turn back as she travels home, she goes anyway. (hide spoiler)]
That's just so not typical of a young adult book. I loved it. I loved that Lena just wanted to do what's right (view spoiler)[and spare her little brother the same grief she had as a child, realizing that preventing his pain is more important than smooching a manfish (hide spoiler)]. She grows up. LOVE IT.
And even though a part of me really wants this book to be a one shot and stay the perfect, atypical book it is, I have to admit that a small, naughty part of me wishes there was a second part, or a short story, or something (view spoiler)[because really, I don't want Lena to never love anyone else again and I'm worried about her (hide spoiler)]. Okay. So I'm a sucker. I can't help it. =D["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I really wanted to like this book for a few reasons, but I just can't do it. As soon as I got a whiff of (pardon my French) YA love triangle bullshit,I really wanted to like this book for a few reasons, but I just can't do it. As soon as I got a whiff of (pardon my French) YA love triangle bullshit, my interest completely evaporated. I feel like Cheyenne was working hard to tell me how interested she was in Colt, so I was actually looking forward to see a nice relationship progress. Then she's suddenly going weird and sexy-flirty with the new guy who's basically a jerk, and I gave up.
And what was up with that scene with the laptop in the truck? Seriously? Seriously!? Am I still supposed to identify with and respect Cheyenne after that?
In any case, I didn't have any issues with the writing style or grammar like I did with some other YA paranormal romances. If you are a fan of love triangles, you'll probably enjoy this book....more
I was really worried I wouldn't like this book because of the bad reviews, but I DEVOURED IT. It was a super quick read, and it was one that I enjoyedI was really worried I wouldn't like this book because of the bad reviews, but I DEVOURED IT. It was a super quick read, and it was one that I enjoyed as I went through it.
I didn't find many typos like other people were talking about and I wonder if I got a newer version from B&N or something. there were a couple, but I've found a couple in even properly published books, so no big deal.
I didn't find Wendy's crush on Finn to be over the top, but that's because I've recently read one that's worse so maybe that puts things into perspective a bit. I also didn't really find it weird that dudes have got crushes on her for the following reasons:
a) she is supposed to be super beautiful which would be enough for an initial attraction for young men b) she has a bit of warmth and compassion in a place where people tend to be cold c) she is the damn princess, that's fantasy fulfillment right there
Anyway, the chances of me getting the next book in this series is pretty high....more
I'm so mad at this book I'm writing this review before I finish listening to the last hour, which has been torture to listen to.
I started out loving tI'm so mad at this book I'm writing this review before I finish listening to the last hour, which has been torture to listen to.
I started out loving this book which is the only reason it does not have 1 star. I loved the strong, brave, kind main character Kelsey, who got stuff done without whining about it. I loved the Indian mythology and the curse-breaking premise. I was willing to look past the somewhat sappy and cheesy romantic dialogue because unlike certain other books *coughtwilightcough* this book had an actual PLOT and it wasn't ENTIRELY fluffy bullcrap.
And then halfway through the book, Kelsey starts to shift between nasty bitchface and disgusting lovesick puppy. FOR NO REASON. NO REASON AT ALL. She decides on her own that there is no way Ren will ever stay with her and decides to nip her "love-seed" in the bud. Sure, the plot part is still good, but now this extra crap is making the plot hard to get through.
She actually says that "it's not fair" how hard it is to reject him after talking about how stupid a girl would have to be to do so. Oh boo hoo, it's not fair that a freaking hot Indian prince says he would rather die than live without you but you're too much of a pussy to stay with him.
After at least a week of her being a frigid bitch to Ren in between kissing him passionately when he coaxes her into doing so, she has the audacity to say that she'll just have to tell him "the truth" because she's the kind of person who faces things head on and gets past them. Because yeah, going weeks without telling Ren why you're being a bitch is really facing things head on. What happened to my strong female character from the beginning of the story?
And might I add that she is flabbergasted when Ren says he knows she reciprocates his feelings. Is she a complete moron? She's been obvious about it since even before she started to push him away. Jesus.
I just feel like the book is ruined for me. (view spoiler)[After she "breaks up" with Ren she goes and cries in the shower and I felt no sympathy for her whatsoever. She wasn't breaking up with him for his own safety or anything. She was breaking up with him because she's selfish and is too afraid to love somebody. Sorry, Kelsey. No compassion from me. (hide spoiler)]
I mean. Okay. Fine, it's awesome that she questions her feelings and how their relationship might work out, but she goes about it the wrong way entirely.
I will likely not pick up the next book in this series. I don't want to see what travesty the author makes of this character I initially loved. I bet she ends up in some sort of weird tryst with Ren's brother or something. There's no reason for Ren's brother to be there at this point other than to screw with Kelsey. Ugh.
Edit: Finally finished the book. Sometimes I hate it when I'm right. (view spoiler)[OH HAI Ren's older brother who is conveniently also enamored with Kelsey. Here to stir up trouble?
Also, after hours of listening to Kelsey talk about how she can't bear for her heart to be broken after Ren realizes Kelsey is plain and homely and he will want to date beautiful supermodels, she finally comes up with a good reason she should leave him - because he's too dependent on her. But you know what, BULL, because that was HOURS of her being selfish and it is REALLY HARD for me to believe that she is doing this for him. (hide spoiler)]
Also also, how many times are these guys going to "pick up her hand" and "play with her fingers"? Bleh.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more