Kiss that Frog is a fun story but a very short one (around 50 pages I think). I really enjoyed seeing the interactions betwe...moreArc provided by Netgalley.
Kiss that Frog is a fun story but a very short one (around 50 pages I think). I really enjoyed seeing the interactions between Sophia and the prince, how she ends up kissing the frog and taking Alex to the mall. However, I would have prefer to see them together longer and fall in love; here they end up together almost immediately and we don't see anything more because of the length of the story. Besides, there is only a suggestion about what Alex will now do in the modern world and I would really have enjoyed seeing how he settles.
It was an enjoyable story and I'm interested in checking out the author's novels. (less)
This book is the first in this series; however, the author wrote a previous series set in the set universe with the same cha...moreArc provided by Netgalley.
This book is the first in this series; however, the author wrote a previous series set in the set universe with the same characters. As I didn't know this when I started reading, I was very confused about the relationship between the characters, as they were only explained superficially and several chapters in the novel. It's also the same with their age.
The guild and its members are interesting, but, just as with the characters, I felt that they are not introduced with enough details to well understand what and who they are. The author really tried to avoid info dumps and summary of the previous books and to introduce information along the way, but unfortunately I don't feel that it was balance well enough. It's also the same for the plot; however, if you just read through the first few chapters (they are rather short), it gets better.
The story is written from the POV of Kyth and Ellah. However, I felt that the POV changes far too often: each time I was started to get use to a POV and to get into what was happening to the character, it changed. It was very annoying and frustrating; I would have preferred the author to write longer chapter in the same POV and to only change it when it felt natural in the narration.
This novel is heavy on the romance side: Kyth and Ellah are adolescents and are apparently in love for the first time, so there is a lot of admiring and sighing over their love interests and being confused because of a smile etc. You have to know what you are getting into or it may soon become exasperating. Even knowing it, I felt it was just too much as it contributed with the too frequent change of POV to slow the story.
Another point that should be mentioned is that the guild members have some kind of superpower for fighting in the same spirit as manga characters. They are inhumanly fast and strong, can just survive any kind of injuries and can single-handedly defeat a dozen of opponents.
The plot was interesting if a little predictable, but I didn't really managed to get into the story because of the elements I mentioned and I just lost interest midway. (less)
I liked this book, but less than the previous one. Since I reread the first book just before starting this one, I think that...moreArc provided by Netgalley.
I liked this book, but less than the previous one. Since I reread the first book just before starting this one, I think that the flaws in the writing were highlighted and more difficult for me to ignore. One of the biggest problems I had is the alternance of POV between Juliana and Thomas, which happens every few paragraphs. We hear both their thoughts about almost everyone of their interactions, which is repetitive and makes their misunderstandings even more annoying. Indeed, like in the last book, the romance is the weak point of the story for me. After what happened in the last book, I would have thought that they were past misunderstandings and that they would finally have a talk, rather than having Thomas having to "take care of things" and Juliana thinking he is avoiding her. Again. Fortunately, the discussion still happens, if not between the two books, at least during this one, but I do really hope the author will find another way to create drama in the next book. Their misunderstandings do not so much concerned important things than almost every replies of their discussions; Thomas keep trying to protect her, take care of her and take decision for her despite knowing how she hates that and Juliana keep getting excessively offended and misunderstanding his intentions. I know that they changed a lot during the years they were separated, but I would still expect people in love and married to have known each other better.
As for the plot, I found it interesting. Unfortunately I guessed who the killer was as soon as he was introduced. I don't know if it was wanted by the author, but because of that I was a bit annoyed at Juliana for ignoring all the little hints and what for me was obvious. Also, this is a police case with a dozen of missing children that quickly become a serial killer case and, paranormal or not, I don't think that the way the police and government handle the case is really credible. However I manage to get over my annoyance to enjoy the story and the further revelations we get about the world.
The characters are the same as in the last book, with Juliana and Thomas in the centre, then their family and co-workers. However, apart from Jeremiah, those characters play a less important role and are replaced by new secondary characters: a police officer, Taft, and Wardens sent by Thomas to collaborate with Juliana on the case. The Wardens are interesting and I'd like to learn more about them in the next book.
This series is still interesting and I will read the next one, but I hope that there will not be as much misunderstanding and quarrelling between Juliana and Thomas in it.(less)