Very lovely, very heartwarming, at-times funny and sweet, at-times painful and heartbreaking, always impeccably written book. There was so4.5 stars.
Very lovely, very heartwarming, at-times funny and sweet, at-times painful and heartbreaking, always impeccably written book. There was so much to love here, in plot and characters. Very enchanting read. I'm very impressed and cannot wait to read the next book in series! ...more
My sincerest apologies to those who have read and loved this book, but to be blunt, in all seriousness, without hyperbole, it has got to be one of theMy sincerest apologies to those who have read and loved this book, but to be blunt, in all seriousness, without hyperbole, it has got to be one of the top 10 WORST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. What utter drivel! What COLOSSALLY, IMMENSELY STUPID CHARACTERS!! I can find nothing redeemable to say. Nothing. Not an iota. Not the characters, not the writing, not the plot...nothing. Zilch. This was a complete and utter waste of my time and money.
A few times there was a glimmer of something interesting, but it fizzled out almost immediately after it started.
For five years I have struggled to read this. Now it's done. One of the most painful readings I've ever gotten through because of the sheer awfulness of it. I did not feel indifference while reading; I was viscerally incredulous at how bad this was.
And I own several more on the series which I will read because I bought them. I will read the next couple of books in hopes it gets better, because such has been known to happen. It might take me another five years to read the next one, though. My goodness, this was irredeemably awful. This book is the stuff of pain and suffering. ...more
Abby Green is one of the very best Harlequin Presents writers, and there's much to enjoy in most of her books. This one, however, happens to be one ofAbby Green is one of the very best Harlequin Presents writers, and there's much to enjoy in most of her books. This one, however, happens to be one of the few exceptions to that rule.
For me, despite all the internal angst, I couldn't find it in me to sympathize with Rose, the heroine. Ms Green wasn't able to convince me that Rose didn't know what she was doing was wrong, nor that her she had a reasonable excuse. I didn't buy it. I also couldn't buy that utterly contrived villainy from Zac Valenti's "mother". And to round out the trio, Zac was unbelievably dull and lackluster and forgettable for an HP hero.
While not at all badly written, I've read and expected far better. In fact, it's hardly believable that the same Abby Green who wrote such wonderful HP gems as The Spaniard's Marriage Bargain and The Virgin's Secret is the one who churned such middling fare as this. Please bring my Abby Green back, thank you!
*I received a copy of this ebook from netgalley in exchange for an honest review* ...more
Set in a dystopian post-Calamity world (pun intended) Steelheart is basically about evil superheroes and a boy's quest for revenge, along with a ragtaSet in a dystopian post-Calamity world (pun intended) Steelheart is basically about evil superheroes and a boy's quest for revenge, along with a ragtag group of human resistance fighters. It was amazing. I couldn't enjoy the first half because I was so worried for the fate of the characters - that's how good the tension, rising action, and climax were. It also touched on important themes: how humans act when great power is bestowed upon them, whether monsters are made by our treatment of people who are different from us, how hatred affects our lives, good and bad reasons for resistance of unjust situations, friendship, mercy, humanity. But half the time, I didn't notice because I was so damn scared and worried for the characters! Definitely will be checking out the rest of the books in series, but I'm not sure my heart can take it.
Also, you could *totally* tell this was written by a male Author, lol. The weird metaphors and similes were good comic relief too. ...more
After the explosive beginning of the first book in series, not much happens in this second entry. Even so, it's not a "filler" book. As the story plotAfter the explosive beginning of the first book in series, not much happens in this second entry. Even so, it's not a "filler" book. As the story plots on, you get the very real sense that pieces are being moved into place for a much bigger showdown in the future - which filled me with so much dread I could barely even enjoy the ride because I was so worried. My heart can't take this slow, suspenseful build-up.
My one criticism is this: I too am a huge fan of this thing that is slowly building up between Meg and Simon, but NOT at the expense of Simon becoming "more human." What is delightful about this world is precisely the fact the the Others are clearly not humans, and that humans are NOT the underdogs or the misunderstood species in this here series. We are here (well, I am) solely for the Others and their distinctly non-human understanding of the world as they navigate new relationships with humans. I'd be very sad to see Simon lose that just so he can be with Meg,as if being Other is not enough.
And the brilliance of this series is that Ms. Bishop has written it as a true urban fantasy, so that while the romance aspect is a nice, and enriching addition, it doesn't take too much away from the story if it's removed. Friendship works just as well.
Nevertheless, a solid, enjoyable, suspenseful offering. ...more
Sigh. Whyyyyy is Kelley Armstrong essentially writing about a cosmic love triangle? And whyyyy didn't she reveal this in the first book so some of usSigh. Whyyyyy is Kelley Armstrong essentially writing about a cosmic love triangle? And whyyyy didn't she reveal this in the first book so some of us would know to steer clear? Argh!
What's even more annoying is that practically EVERY other aspect of Cainsville is more interesting than this triangle. The overarching murder mystery, the mystery of the murderer in this specific book, Gabriel's parentage, the mystery of Cainsville's inhabitants.... Whyyyy is a love triangle the essence of this entire series? And why is it such a non-triangle? Damaged, interesting Gabriel on one hand, shallow, nothing Ricky on the other. I mean, I am hard-pressed to find another relationship in UF that's as shallow as Ricky and Olivia's. Not even the fake triangle from the Alexa Craft series is as non-triangle as this one. But in any case, Olivia prefers Ricky. Why can't she just have him and be happy, while we solve paranormal mysteries?
WHYYYY THIS SERIES GOTTA BE ABOUT A COSMIC LOVE TRIANGLE?
AND WHY NOT REVEAL THIS IN BOOK ONE SO SOME OF US COULD'VE STEERED CLEAR? ...more
Kelley Armstrong's (Women of the) Otherworld series didn't work too well for me, but whatever she's doing here in the debut of Cainsville works wonderKelley Armstrong's (Women of the) Otherworld series didn't work too well for me, but whatever she's doing here in the debut of Cainsville works wonders for me, absolute wonders.
Olivia discovers that her life as the daughter of two upperclass Chicago parents is sham, and that she's adopted, and actually the daughter of two of the most renowned, infamous, notorious serial killers in Chicago's history. As her world comes crashing down around her, she takes refuge in the quaint little town of Cainsville, and with the help of lawyer Gabriel Walsh, begins to look into her birth parents' pasts, especially as her birth mom insists that they are innocent.
Everything worked for me - from the absolutely charming vignette that served as the prologue, to the vague hints that the inhabitants of Cainsville may actually be Fae folk, to the whole plot line - unraveling the mystery of the past and (perhaps) proving Olivia's birth parents' innocence.
Olivia herself is interesting, what with her unique abilities, as is Gabriel. What was not so interesting was the CIA/mind-control angle: the plot floundered there a bit, but I am not complaining.
My absolute favorite thing about this novel, however, is the seamless weaving of superstitions and folklore and Faerie mythology into the plot. I am utterly enthralled. It remains to be seen if the series will hold my attention, but I am certainly hoping so, and looking forward to it. In fact, I think I might reread this novel and savor it, instead of inhaling it the way I did this go-around. ...more