I sort of cheated with this book as I watched the film first (the 1952 adaptation with Olivia DeHavilland as Rachel) and enjoyed it very much. So I waI sort of cheated with this book as I watched the film first (the 1952 adaptation with Olivia DeHavilland as Rachel) and enjoyed it very much. So I was expecting to love this and, disappointingly, I didn't. All the elements of a suspenseful thriller are there but somehow for me it didn't all mesh into one engrossing whole. I found the narrator far too imbecilic and irritating, particularly in his views on women and lack of any kind of emotional intelligence, to really have any sympathy for him or be able to believe in his feelings for Rachel or in him as a real person, really and, given how central the narrator is to the story, this really spoiled my enjoyment of the book overall. I am still planning to read Rebecca sometime soon. ...more
Hmmmm... What's with the guy on the cover? He's supposed to be an immortal warrior housing the demon of death, not a teenage emo boy. And where are thHmmmm... What's with the guy on the cover? He's supposed to be an immortal warrior housing the demon of death, not a teenage emo boy. And where are the scars?
Anyway, the book was better than the first one but only barely. Some thoughts:
- I liked Anya overall. The way she talks is very reminiscent of Kresley Cole's heroines, who are usually brilliant and funny. She's a bit immature and needy and has no self respect but at least she was sorta entertaining and the nicknames she gives Lucien are probably the best part of the book.
- Why, why why the orgiastic party at the beginning? They are millenia old immortals, not sex starved frat boys. Doesn't characterise the heroes very well, as far as I'm concerned.
- The first interaction between Anya and Lucien was just mortifying. If a man you make a pass at says no, that doesn't mean bend over and start rubbing yourself on him, Anya. The way Anya behaves throughout the first three quarters of the book is more than a little stalkerish and I'm pretty sure would qualify as sexual harrasment.
- If Lucien thinks killing Anya, a goddess, is such a piece of piss (which he seems to at the beginning) why are they all such push-overs for the other gods? Why not try to kill Cronos? Why have they never tried to force the issue with the Greeks to reverse their curse in all those thousands of years?
- Lucien has so little personality it's startling. I barely remembered him from the previous books. Other than that he smells of roses and is usually level-headed there doesn't seem to be much else to characterise him. His astounding stupidity, maybe. He supposedly permanently disfigured himself (how's that even possible, shouldn't he have healed without any scarring? the explanation given is not very convincing) after the woman he loved (he's only been with her for a few months FFS!) died, in order to stop other women being interested in him in that way. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face! And no, it doesn't prove that he can love and feel deeply, just shows that he has the emotional maturity of a 17 year old (I guess, he is well matched with Anya in that respect). I suspect he only did it so he can do all the angsty "she cannot possibly find me attractive" internal agonising.
- The hair trigger response Anya and Lucien have to each other is irritating . Her hair brushes his cheek and he is about ready to explode in his pants. A couple of blow jobs later and he goes from wanting to kill her to eternal love and devotion and sacrificing himself and all his friends for her. I know this is PNR but come on! Also, constantly dashing away in the middle of sex to escort souls to hell/heaven is a bit of a downer plus doing so in the nude is somewhat creepy.
- I found myself constantly skipping over pages and paragraphs. I skipped over the entire of Reys/Danika passages and most of Paris/Sienna.
I think I am done with Showalter for the time being....more
My favourite Julia Quinn book is How to Catch an Heiress. I laughed so much when reading that book, I couldn't help but fall in***CONTAINS SPOLERS***
My favourite Julia Quinn book is How to Catch an Heiress. I laughed so much when reading that book, I couldn't help but fall in love with both the characters and Julia Quinn's writing style.
This book, however, is by far not Quinn's best. I did enjoy the first half of the book very much. It had all the characteristic wit and charm of Quinn's other work and the interaction between Miranda, Olivia, Turner and Winston was excellent. However, everything after the hunting lodge destroyed all that. The sex whilst stuck in a hunting lodge in the rain in itself was such a cliche that it would have been enough to drag the book down for me. But Quinn obviously decided, why stop there? The hero running off, the pregnancy, the heroine's refusal to marry the hero, the miscarriage, another pregnancy, the hero's inability to accept and acknowledge his love until the heroine nearly dies, it was all just one cliche piled on top of another ad infinitum and, no matter how charming or witty the execution, it was all a bit too much for me, particularly as there was no other plot to drive the story forward.
The hero irritated me no end as he was irresponsible and thoughtless and there was no real come uppance for his actions (I like my heroes to be punished properly if they are naughty). I also didn't really get the point of the bookstore episode as the idea behind it was not developed any further (other than Turner giving Miranda the book in the end) and almost seemed like it was thrown in just to fill some page space.
Overall, the book was light, fun and well-written but I will not be picking it up again....more
After five books, I find that I no longer like or have any sympathy for either the heroine or the hero and cannot face the thought of another book fulAfter five books, I find that I no longer like or have any sympathy for either the heroine or the hero and cannot face the thought of another book full of sickly sweet soliloquys about how lovely and wonderful Seth is and how cute he looks in his quirky t-shirts with his messy hair, which one might expect from a love-sick pimply teenager but not from a millenia old denizen of hell, for crying out loud. In fact, I could barely drag myself through this last instalment, skipping whole chunks and pages along the way.
The shining beacon of goodness that is Seth never really did it for me (even Dante's style was more of a turn on) but now he has gone from merely pathetic to just plain detestable.
There is no real character development with Georgina. She is pretty, she loves wallowing in misery of the o woe is me variety and she loves Seth but can't help cheating on him from time to time. There is nothing else to her and it doesn't look like there will be. The woman does not learn, despite having lived for millenia and having reapeated the same patterns over and over again the entire time.
Moreover, it has now become pretty obvious where all of this is heading and the big reveal, when it does come, will, I am pretty sure, be somewhat underwhelming, if only for the fact that it is now at least two books overdue.
I am undecided whether to read the last book when it comes out. On the one hand, I am so fed up with Georgina and Seth, that I really don't want to go anywhere near it. On the other hand, having read 5 of the books in the series, I feel I may as well trudge through it just for the sake of completeness so I can draw the curtain on the whole thing (so to speak) never to go back to it again. ...more