Not very good. In fact, not good. The plot was rushed, the love between the characters was not believable, not were the characters themselves, for thaNot very good. In fact, not good. The plot was rushed, the love between the characters was not believable, not were the characters themselves, for that matter.
Katherine read more like a modern girl playing in period costume than anything else , and Jasper.... the whole forever-grieving-widower shtick didn't work for him.
Nothing about this worked: not the plot, not the characters, not the writing. ...more
Awful. My goodness, this book was astonishingly, surprisingly, unbelievably, laughably, decidedly, unequivocally, unwaveringly AWFUL. A. W. F. U. L. SAwful. My goodness, this book was astonishingly, surprisingly, unbelievably, laughably, decidedly, unequivocally, unwaveringly AWFUL. A. W. F. U. L. Save yourself and stay away. Worst book I've read all year, and I can't get back the brain cells it killed. ...more
Lemme start off by saying I am not writing this off because it is a knockoff Percy Jackson. The Kane Chronicles were knockoff Percy Jackson, and theyLemme start off by saying I am not writing this off because it is a knockoff Percy Jackson. The Kane Chronicles were knockoff Percy Jackson, and they were still entertaining and funny, full of life.
I went straight back and reread the very first Percy Jackson book to see if my suspicions were right. And they were. This book is a lackluster effort. To be sure, the writing is okay, but it is missing a vital ingredient: life. It's like Mr Riordan was just filling in the spaces in his formula. Underdog half-blood demigod: check; in the dark about his true identity: check; monsters out to get him: check; he's the only one who can stop doomsday: check; etc.
Same formula as the Percy Jackson series. What's missing here is the sense of wonder and joy in writing you get from Percy's book. You got the sense that if nothing else, Mr Riordan was having the time of his life bringing Ancient Greek religion into the modern world. With Magnus, he's just filling in the formula for creating his newest cash cow. No Mr Riordan, you can do better. Much better.
Another thing that didn't work too well for me was the breaking of the fourth wall and talking to the audience. Eh. Magnus didn't sound like a 16yo boy to me, but then again, I am neither 16 years old, white, male, or the offspring of European deities, so what do I know?
Other than that, the story progressed well enough, and the characters are okay. I thought it was pretty cool that Magnus and Annabeth are cousins (I didn't make that connection from the last name at first). And I liked that we had a Muslim character included. Yayy! Not everyday white males and females. Some days let ethnic and religious minorities flourish too.
Not bad, but could've been much better. If you wanna read it, consider getting it from your local library.
1. I don't know where Ms. Harrison is takin these novellas/novellitas, but slowly, I am coming to wonder exactly why everyone is so afraid of Dragos/h1. I don't know where Ms. Harrison is takin these novellas/novellitas, but slowly, I am coming to wonder exactly why everyone is so afraid of Dragos/how he's so powerful and cunning/how he survived all these millennia if he walks into quandaries at every turn, and when we need Pia and her magic blood to rescue him and set him back to rights at every damn turn.
2. There's no back pedaling on the trash sciences Harrison pulled last novella. Additionally, if Pia's producing antibodies to DRAGOS, then Pia should be fine to carry any baby that is NOT A DRAGON, like her current unicorn baby. Science is science. Don't do lazy, haphazard research, and then come and try to pass it off as "wyr/magic/rules of this world I've created." It's either science or magic or a believable melange of the two, or not at all.
3. Gradually, again Ms Harrison is destroying for me some of the urgency and secrecy of Pia's wyr form. What's the point when at every given point her magic blood is spilled out in the open somewhere? Wasn't the whole point of keeping this ultra secret that the moment people find out she will be hunted forever (with the added bonus that if they kill her Dragos dies too by default rules of mated wyr?) or the rules have magically changed now and somehow no one will hunt her/ Dragos and his sentinels will protect her forever? I don't get it,
4. Which brings me to - what's the point of making this new baby a unicorn too? So that readers will be bombarded with why his form can't be revealed but everyday read something about him doing something revealing in public? So that he will be hunted forever?
I really just don't get it. That being said, everyone and their mama by now know that I enjoy Dragos and Pia and Liam, so it goes without saying that I did enjoy this installment. But ehn. ...more
I give this one a very grudging, disgruntled 4 stars.
I don't remember if I bought the other Dragos/Pia/Liam novellas for $3.99, but nah. $4 is a bit mI give this one a very grudging, disgruntled 4 stars.
I don't remember if I bought the other Dragos/Pia/Liam novellas for $3.99, but nah. $4 is a bit much to pay for a very short story, a good bit of which is spent rehashing history or feelings readers who are already familiar with the characters know - because trust me, no newbie is starting with these books.
Nevertheless, as I have already stated in other reviews, Dragos and Pia and their little family work very well for me, so it was a given I would enjoy the book quite a bit, even if I was rolling my eyes at "mating frenzy this, mating frenzy that", and "caveman behavior this, I gotta assert myself that."
Despite myself and my eye-rolls, I found that I got sucked into the little mystery/plot, so it was still all good.
I abhor junk science, especially junk medicine. Utterly abhor it. I was very annoyed Ms Harrison pulled junk rhesus factor compatibility as a bogus reason why Pia can't/shouldn't have any more kids. Don't "research-dump" and give fake/wrong info. Stop it. And also - Dr Medina is a shit doctor for being the vehicle of all that fake medical info. Dragos should fire her incompetent ass so that we won't have to encounter her in subsequent novellas (wyr doctor who didn't know to check for incompatibility during/immediately after Pia's first pregnancy? Miss me with that nonsense plot).
All in all, *I* liked it. But only just, and my enjoyment is a given, anyway. But truthfully, I feel like this was a lot of filler, unlike DRAGOS TAKES A HOLIDAY. So....if you really like Dragos and Pia like I do, and have $4 to spend, go for it.
PS: it was nice to see Bayne. And irrelevant to include Niniane and Tiago - nobody cares about them, and they can go on being insinificant, like Rune (ugh! Yes I am still salty over the total waste his story was). Ok Toodles.
I know I will love this! A lot of Ms Harris' writing doesn't work for me anymore, but I simply adore the way she writes Dragos, Pia, and Liam. In this she can do no wrong. I know she'll knock this one outta the park - well, I fervently hope so!!!...more
So, thus ends the Pennyroyal Green saga. I for one very much enjoyed the reckoning between Olivia and Lyon. Those two character have been such huge fiSo, thus ends the Pennyroyal Green saga. I for one very much enjoyed the reckoning between Olivia and Lyon. Those two character have been such huge fixtures for the series, and I think Ms Long did them justice. I loved their characters. Loved them.
However, I did not love the story as much as I wanted to. Simply because more often than not (and I've noticed this with her other books too), Ms Long's talent for witty writing simply gets in the way - it overshadows the plot, the characters, the scene, every damn thing. This is problematic when one is trying to simply enjoy the tale.
Additionally, the weaving between past and present didn't help. I would much rather the past had been narrated in one chunk, before the present - I do strongly feel that it would have made the flow of the story stronger, and afforded Ms Long an opportunity to better flesh out both the main and background characters, as well as some of the subliminal plots. I for one very much want to know the actual story between Isaiah Redmond, and Jacob and Louisa Eversea.
Also, the epilogue was weird, and personally, I would've much preferred an epilogue of Lyon and Olivia instead of some real-time, present-day descendant I am not invested in and care nothing about.
All of that aside, Lyon and Olivia were simply glorious characters. Glorious. Incandescent. Amazing. The *characters* I liked very, very much. I did not enjoy the plot as much as I did the characters, though. All in all a good end to the series - although I want the parents' story very much!!!...more
I was going to leave this one unrated but I don't have a shelf for unrated books and on mobile it's cumbersome to create new shelves,Whoaaaaaaaaaaaa.
I was going to leave this one unrated but I don't have a shelf for unrated books and on mobile it's cumbersome to create new shelves, so I went ahead and gave it 4 stars - but mehn! I don't know whether to give it 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 stars! Hot damn, what did I just read?
This was NOT a romance. No ma'am. At all. And yet, it is a more realistic romance that stayed true to to the historical reality of its era than, oh, probably any historical romance I have ever read, I think.
Set in Italy during the renaissance era, the main character Ms Denys created - Domenico, Duke (here, "duke" means "king") of Cabria, is exactly how historical accounts have described monarchs and powers that be of the era. People who wielded absolute power over their subjects, who took what - and who - they would, with no one (except mebbe the Roman Catholic Church) to gainsay them. People who were surrounded by sycophants and had been raised from childhood being indulged in their every whim.
Domenico bought Felicia because he could; forced her to become his mistress, because he could; tortured a boy to death when he thought she preferred the boy better because he could.
He was a very flawed human being, as capricious and horrible as you'd imagine one who had absolute power and indemnity from consequences would be; petty, childish. And he was also capable of love as well, as much love as someone like him could be.
Felicia.....Sigh. Felicia was a doormat. But that was how life was for women then, more so for bastard women, and even more for bastard women who caught the eye of the ruler of the land. She was a doormat, yes, but that was more because she was truly helpless in the situation than because doormat-ness was an intrinsic part of her character. She was gullible to the machinations of various people at court, but that was mostly because she was ignorant and untutored in court life and intrigue. She was interesting, this doormat who wasn't really a doormat.
This book was.....accurate, too accurate for comfort mehn. No illusions, no whitewashing characters to make them more palatable for modern sensibilities, none of that.
It is because of this historical reality that we can call this...this....this.... "romance" a romance.
Just.... I don't even know. This was a very realistic historical 'romance.' If nothing at all, that's what it is. ...more
I am rather confused. I don't know whether to rate this book 4, 3, or even 2 stars!
Ms Ivory was doing the most here - going into a bit too much detaiI am rather confused. I don't know whether to rate this book 4, 3, or even 2 stars!
Ms Ivory was doing the most here - going into a bit too much detail about sheep farming and the intricacies of the confidence trickster life. They were necessary to the plot but in too much detail. We didn't new all that research to be out into the book.
I am also not sure I like the circumstances under which the protagonists hung out and fell in love. I wish it had been different.
But what I absolutely loved were the two main characters. They were glorious. Emma I loved without reservation. Loved her character. Self-aware, self-assured, confident in her abilities, capable......awesome. I'd take her over any of the "headstrong, independent" heroines that pepper historical romance any day. Loved her. Loved that she was on the chubby side, or as Stuart liked to think of her "a grownup cherub." Loved her common sense, her independence, her impulsiveness, or "going daft", as she called it.
I also loved Stuart. Loved him. And I can't tell you why. I am sure that in other circumstances/the hands of a less talented writer I would've found him too pushy, or even a tad rapey, perhaps.
But oh, I didn't. Instead I enjoyed and adored the character Ms Ivory created. Loved his pushiness, loved the substance of him. I loved that his speech impediment was a great part of his charm, and how he seemed to have mastered it most of the time. Loved his kindness.....I really loved Stuart, and I am very sure I would've hated him elsewhere. But no. Here, he's Bae.
So yeah. Amazing characters who I loved reading about; interesting enough story, but I wish they'd been in any other setting but that.
I also felt cheated at the end. I wanted an epilogue. I wanted to see the HEA of these two compelling characters in action. But alas.
First and foremost, I am glad Lisa Kleypas is writing historical romance again. No one does it quite like her, and true to form, the book was3.5 stars
First and foremost, I am glad Lisa Kleypas is writing historical romance again. No one does it quite like her, and true to form, the book was excellently written and well-paced.
However I was not very invested in the protagonists. I cared a lot more about everyone else: about Helen (who reminded me of a less-shy, more capable Evie), about Rhys (who reminded me of Hardy Cates and Zachary Bronson), and Weston, who made me laugh. Even the twins and Severin, were more interesting to me than Devon and Kathleen.
That being said, I liked Devon well enough. I didn't like Kathleen with her uppity and judgey self (and also self-centered really. How selfish do you have to be to make decisions for someone else based on what *you prefer*, not reality, or more importantly, what the person in question prefers?) Ehn.
It was obvious Rhys Winterborne and Helen were being set up for their own book, and I am mighty excited for it....more
Love, love, LOVED IT! Oh this one was beautiful, I tell you - simply beautiful! Where has Sherry Thomas been all my life? And how come y'all waited tiLove, love, LOVED IT! Oh this one was beautiful, I tell you - simply beautiful! Where has Sherry Thomas been all my life? And how come y'all waited till now to tell me about her?!!!!!!!...more
I have a few friends on GR, who, when they are effusive about books, well then, such books must simply be read, because they don't steer you wrong (whI have a few friends on GR, who, when they are effusive about books, well then, such books must simply be read, because they don't steer you wrong (what a lot of commas!)
Well anyway, after NU recommending this book to me, and after reading her review, I just had to read the book. And she wasn't lying.
I'd write a review myself but I am lazy. Just go read her review here ...more
I have so many thoughts, but no energy to write them down as this book has left me exhausted.
Having worked with people suffering from brain injuriesI have so many thoughts, but no energy to write them down as this book has left me exhausted.
Having worked with people suffering from brain injuries as well as having lived in a community of faith whose beliefs and practices aren't the healthiest....well, I have thoughts.
For now, I think Lady Danielle's review is the best I've seen, and I'll link to it sometime when I'm not on goodreads mobile.
Disclaimer: please note. I am not calling Quaker beliefs and practice of the Christian faith unealthy. Having gone to a Quaker college and having been inspired in my faith by several Quaker authors myself, I know this is far from the case....more