This was a little too Mary Sue for me. Once the heroine and hero obtained insta-love and ultimately their complete relationship early in the story--anThis was a little too Mary Sue for me. Once the heroine and hero obtained insta-love and ultimately their complete relationship early in the story--and I'm talking early--I was done caring for them. Not only that, Meriel Owen, our heroine, was Miss Perfect. Aside from being a work-aholic, she possessed ZERO faults and was the best of the best of her kind. Yeah, great! I'm the best at tripping over a flat surface! So what! But why is Meriel awesome? What did she do to be that way? What were her trials and tribulations? We learn nothing about her, save that her mom is a badass head honcho and Meriel had an easy, privileged life that we never really get to learn about.
Dominick, her target turned lover, isn't much better, though he came with a bit of a deeper background than Meriel. He had some real emotions and thoughts, but seemed to be more sex-crazed and a super genius when it came to learning the magical arts. His skill in learning diminished him because he too became too perfect.
Add in a cast of supporting characters who just so happen to have the information needed all of a sudden, right at the very moment it is needed, was...annoying. Make the main characters do some work on their own, FFS!
All in all, I expect supporting characters to be flat, but the main characters need to be three dimensional with flaws and strengths, and come with a reason for me to love them.
At the climax of the story (which had great potential), there was no climax. It lasted all of a couple of paragraphs and did not do anything but make me want to slap some life into Meriel. Getting drastically hurt, magick or not, you don't go, "Ouch!" like a kid who skins his knee. You frickin' bleed out, pass out, and come close to dying. Did Meriel? NO. The whole scene was a joke and the winding down of the story was pointless.
I was disappointed by the villain's true identity. It felt a lot like the author just tossed that in to be dramatic and for no other reason. It just felt cliche and was revealed too soon for me to even worry about the final showdown, which again, sucked.
I would classify this as a light read and good for a filler book, if you're like me and enjoy something soft between heavier reads. Would I read the next in the series? Most likely not, as I didn't even bother reading the preview chapters....more
It was okay, I guess. I had found it on a list of cyberpunk recommendations, and while it has elements, it didn't feel very cyberpunk-y to me.
I got tIt was okay, I guess. I had found it on a list of cyberpunk recommendations, and while it has elements, it didn't feel very cyberpunk-y to me.
I got through most of Chapter 9, when I put it down and essentially forgot about it. It's been nearly three months of it just sitting in my Currently Reading that I finally had to let it go.
I can't say that this was a good book as I didn't finish it, but I while I liked reading something that doesn't take place in a predominately white culture, I can't say that I really connected with the characters, especially the main one. I found the language and mannerisms interesting, and the Bouyadeen reminded a lot of how Jeruslem looks today with the Wall. But overall, I just didn't-DON'T-care about Marid and his friends, or the nearly forgotten James Bond killer that initially drew me to give this a shot.
After three months, I can't even say what had happened in the nine chapters I read. I definitely say this a pass....more