I am rather excited for Ilona Andrews to begin a new series. Truth be told - and I feel very disloyal saying this - i love their work, but I am quite...moreI am rather excited for Ilona Andrews to begin a new series. Truth be told - and I feel very disloyal saying this - i love their work, but I am quite tired of Kate Daniels and her world the longer the series goes on. Excited for a fresh voice, new world, new characters, new adventures.(less)
The premise filled me with some trepidation, but when we were introduced to the heroine, I was filled w...moreStopped at 10%
Can't do it. Nope I just can't.
The premise filled me with some trepidation, but when we were introduced to the heroine, I was filled with so much disgust, repulsion, and sheer LOATHING that I can't do it.
If it was a male character that did this, there would be no redemption for him, ever! And yet to give this a pass because it is the heroine? Miss me with that nonsense.
What bothered me most was the lack of remorse. And no, being utterly desperate most certainly does NOT give one the right to ruin another's life to guarantee safety for oneself. And if one does that, issuing faux-pologies and not regretting at least the incomparable damage you've done is loathsome.
(Coming off recent real life examples of this crap right there, it doesn't get a pass because it is fiction).
This might be my first and very last book by this author, I can't take the foolishness.
2.5 stars for the possibilities the intriguing premise offered, which Ms. James unfortunately did not take advantage of.
My main problem with the stor...more2.5 stars for the possibilities the intriguing premise offered, which Ms. James unfortunately did not take advantage of.
My main problem with the story was the tokenism of our peripheral character - Lady Laetitia, who was not our heroine, but our hero's intended. So of course Ms. James spent way more time drawing up the hero/heroine's characters, convincing readers that these toe were meant for each other. In contrast to our vibrant heroine, Laetitia's dismal qualities only served to show is how unsuitable she was for the hero.
I was not amused. She was basically a prop, not much else, instead of a person, a character with feelings and hope and dreams, just like our hero/heroine.
And then when Ms. James focused on Laetitia finally, it was a disaster: some fake, silly, contrived, utterly insipid storyline about how dumb, unintelligent, dismal, shy Laetitia was a misunderstood genius who only appeared unintelligent because she was under the thumb of her controlling harpy of a mother an found herself in a society that didn't understand dyslexia. She understood medical intricacies immediately she met the kind-hearted, gentle doctor, and immediately began to think of medical inventions to improve his work. Utter nonsense.
Nope, nope, nope.
Frankly, I rather wished Laetitia and the hero had fallen in love - it appears it would have made a more interesting (and different) historical romance. But whatevs.
I was not amused by the hero's sometimes cutting and deliberately cruel words to the heroine, fo...moreInteresting enough story.
However a few major issues:
I was not amused by the hero's sometimes cutting and deliberately cruel words to the heroine, for no reason other than he was jealous of her former husband. I mean! How is that any excuse? Nonsense.
As for Temperance, sigh. She was an okay heroine. But her big secret, her deepest and most enduring shame, the one that makes her do penance by working at the orphanage, is that se slept with a man other than her husband.
Really?! Ms. Hoyt couldn't come up with any other story? Because lemme tell you- this one was as fake as heck! You live in the worst of the worst slums, where humanity is at is abject lowest day in day out. Prostitutes ply their trade in the streets in broad daylight and are dying daily of STIs; murders and thefts, maiming and beatings and muggings are common sights in St. Giles; children are being abandoned, turned out of homes because of too little money and too many mouths to feed; whoremongers and beggar syndicates and human traffickers vie daily to capture helpless young children and enforce them into a life of slavery; people work and are paid too little to live on; the most downtrodden, poorest of the poor, as well as the scum of the earth live among you. You see all these atrocities everyday, day in day out and you want me to believe you think adultery is an unforgivable sin by comparison?! Please, gthohwtbs! Gimme a break!
Yeah- so that completely ruined Temperance for me. I can't abide such foolishness. I mean, how?!
So you will really find zero objectivity with me when it comes to Dragos, Pia, and Liam Cuelebre. I love them. Love. LOVE! Everything about those char...moreSo you will really find zero objectivity with me when it comes to Dragos, Pia, and Liam Cuelebre. I love them. Love. LOVE! Everything about those characters works for me.
I loved the growly and bad-tempered dragon and his scenes made me giggle, being fully aware that if some other character had behaved like that, I'd be spitting mad.
Pia and Dragos' struggles with his amnesia made for quite a tender and heartfelt narration - and I thought exploring the full ramifications of that would have made a terrific full-length novel. As it was, while I loved it, I did feel it was too short to fully explore the story and also to cost $2.99 pshh!
Graydon! He makes me smile and he was in the book, so that was the cherry on top. I will say however that I got a jolt of alarm when Pia was thinking that had Dragos died, Gray woulda made a great regent (all true) and a wonderful dad. I was like - "oh no you don't woman! Dragos is the only dad Peanut is ever gonna have" Lolz!
What didn't work as well for me was Liam's growth spurt at the end. Eh. I have been struggling with this aspect of Peanut's mythology/development and actually, I think some of the explanations some readers gave (in my "review" of Peanut Goes To School - offer a better scenario/explanation than this. But whatevs.
Love, love, loved it. But then I always do when it's Pia and Dragos. (less)
Am I the only one who does not see this as realistic- a six-month old who is the size of a 5-year old? I bought Liam being the size of a 6-month old w...moreAm I the only one who does not see this as realistic- a six-month old who is the size of a 5-year old? I bought Liam being the size of a 6-month old when he was actually 3 months. It made sense as part of his precocious nature. But this jump- I just don't think it is feasible; it requires too great a suspension of disbelief. But we'll see how Ms. Harrison works it out.(less)