This book had an interesting and unique concept, but it just didn't work. There were several reasons I was disappointed in the book:
1. The cover. It iThis book had an interesting and unique concept, but it just didn't work. There were several reasons I was disappointed in the book:
1. The cover. It is not attractive. And I have no idea how it ties into the story, other than the serious and sombre feel of it matches the writing.
2. I couldn't picture the city. It is described as having multiple layers, with the hybrids and poor people living on the lower level in constant twilight. The rich, pure humans live on the top level with sunshine. In between are the middle class layers. Elevators connect the various layers. Visually, how does it work? How are there roads and walkways on every level with some, albeit not much, light filtering down through the layers? I just can't picture it.
3. Fergus is clueless and totally oblivious. He has no idea of the political state of the city and the fact that the lower level has been engaging in revolts and the top human layer has been retaliating. With the whole city caught in the middle in an increasing circle of violence. How can someone be that oblivious to the world around him, especially since he plays such a big part in it, and has connections to powerful people?
4. While I love the idea of fairies sharing bodies with humans, this seemed to play very little into the story. So what was the story really about? I'm not quite sure. It was a bit confusing.
Overall, this book was a letdown. I expected an exciting adventure featuring human-fairy hubrids on a quest to find truth. What I got was a mishmash of ideas that didn't seem quite right....more
This was a wildly creative story. With magic and fairies, and a whole theatre full of living characters, it was easily one of the most imaginative stoThis was a wildly creative story. With magic and fairies, and a whole theatre full of living characters, it was easily one of the most imaginative stories I’ve ever read.
Bertie was very likable, and it was easy to understand and feel sorry for her. She grew up as an orphan in the theatre, being cared for by the employees, yet never really having a family. When her wild and unpredictable behaviour cares the Theatre Manager to threaten to kick her out unless she finds a useful role for herself, it’s easy to hope that she finds that role. To lose the only home and family she knows is heartbreaking.
What follows afterward is a highly unpredictable and entertaining adventure as Bertie tries to find a way to leave her mark. Accompanied by troublesome fairies, bickering department heads, and two very different and headstrong men, Bertie’s endeavor is both unique and enjoyable.
This is the start of a series, yet this felt like a stand alone book. It was a complete story, and while there are a few threads left open, I was entirely satisfied when I finished it. As such, I’m undecided if I will continue with the series, or stop on a high note. ...more
I've had this book on my wishlist for years, and am so glad I finally got to it. It's a true sci-fi story, but one that centres more on the people, raI've had this book on my wishlist for years, and am so glad I finally got to it. It's a true sci-fi story, but one that centres more on the people, rather than the science. This approach let me enjoy the story without struggling with accepting outlandish scientific explanations. It was actually quite easy to accept the science stuff as presented, and just concentrate on the story.
It was interesting to see how the 3 main characters all reacted quite different to the same experience. It really highlights how everyone sees and processes things differently, and that while we are all similar, we are also all highly unique.
I enjoyed the story immensely, and am so glad that I was able to finally get to it....more
This was a literary book that I really enjoyed. I consider it literary, and not popular fiction because it has a more serious feel, and concentrates mThis was a literary book that I really enjoyed. I consider it literary, and not popular fiction because it has a more serious feel, and concentrates more on character development than on flash and action. The story is very engrossing with a smooth writing style. It had an interesting set up with one chapter focusing on Elizabeth’s current life, and then next chapter focusing on the story of one of her past lives. It switched this way for the whole book. Some of the sections were long enough that I kind of forgot about the other side of the story, but it never seemed confusing.
I felt bad for everything that happened to Bess. She seemed like an innocent victim throughout most of the story. Her continous feeling of being hunted and never fully safe as sad. I couldn’t imagine living life like that, especially if that life lasted for centuries.
The story as a whole was intriguing and captivating. The ending wasn’t as strong as the rest of the book, seeming a bit cliched, but it did wrap up the story quite completely while not detailing it to death. Overall, the book was quite entertaining, and was a great serious paranormal story....more
Such a sad story. I was not expecting it, and it caught me off guard. Very well told, it sucked you in and made you hope for a happy ending, even thougSuch a sad story. I was not expecting it, and it caught me off guard. Very well told, it sucked you in and made you hope for a happy ending, even though that seemed almost impossible. It had a realistic feel that made it that much more heartbreaking....more
This was a very literary type story that unfortunately seemed to ramble about with no distinct plot. The book was divided into two sections, which seeThis was a very literary type story that unfortunately seemed to ramble about with no distinct plot. The book was divided into two sections, which seemed to be very different stories with few overlapping connections.
The ending left me confused, There was no real conclusion and a lot of questions were left unanswered.
I was surprised at the amount of sexual references and overtones in the book. It was a little jarring and unexpected. For such a discreet time period with puritanical characters, sex played a large role in the book.
Overall, the story was not what I was expecting, and I was felt feeling unsatisfied....more
This is a dry humour story told in a unique format. Presented as a series of blog posts and blog notes, the story is presented in little snippets withThis is a dry humour story told in a unique format. Presented as a series of blog posts and blog notes, the story is presented in little snippets with some small time lapses between entries. I liked this style as it was original, and yet, as a blogger, the format and thought process behind it is familiar.
Gomez is a bit of an odd duck. He is the owner of an antique shop, yet knows nothing about antiques. He seems to have no friends except for his mentally handicapped assistant and artistic neighbour. He is an experimental drug trial participant, and in his latest trial, falls in love with the doctor running the experiment. Some of his behaviour seems to be explainable by the drug trial, but much of it is just odd, and the doctor’s behaviour isn’t explainable at all, except to say she’s CRAZY.
The storyline does have some direction, and there is a bit of a mystery that does get solved, although in a very meandering way. For this type of story, I was impressed that the plotline was recognizable and complete.
Overall, this was a unique story that will likely appeal to dry humour lovers, and those readers who enjoy an odd story with even odder characters. It make for an enjoyable change from ordinary and expected stories....more
That romance itch I had a while ago, it wasn’t satisfied with just one book. So I turned to another romance sitting on my ereader. This time, I grabbeThat romance itch I had a while ago, it wasn’t satisfied with just one book. So I turned to another romance sitting on my ereader. This time, I grabbed a story that was a little more intense, with a lot more passion. It wasn’t quite clean, but it wasn’t explicit either, think soft-core sex scene.
This story had a lot of tension between Cali and Matthew. They had an instant lust connection, but their actual interactions and relationship had a very slow build. It was a more realistic portayal of a relationship than you find in most romance books.
I loved that the mystery of the threat was the core of the story, not just tacked on behind the romance. It was partially predictable in that I figured out one of the key players very easily, but I didn’t guess the whole threat until the reveal. This was a pleasant surprise.
Overall, this fast paced, tension filled, mystery romance was exactly what I needed to fulfill my romance craving. It’s a quick read, perfect for when the mood strikes....more
This is an amazing contemporary story about a little discussed, little understood disease. I found it very emotional and compelling.
In the beginning,This is an amazing contemporary story about a little discussed, little understood disease. I found it very emotional and compelling.
In the beginning, I had a hard time liking Alice. She seemed rather cold and hard. She was very ruthless and critical in her appraisal of her children. Her constant harping at Lydia about college and her career was offputting. Her complete lack of understanding or respect for Lydia's decisions left me feeling very cold towards Alice. But as the story progressed, I grew to like and pity Alice.
One particularly striking moment in the story came when Alice compared Alzheimer's disease to cancer. She wished she could trade them because cancer is something she could fight. Her friends, family and strangers would rally behind her and support her in her fight against the disease. But with Alzheimer's, her friends and family pull away and become like strangers, embarassed and unsure how to be with her. It was such a sad and painful comparison, yet very true.
I listened to this on audiobook, narrated by the author. It was a very personal and emotional experience. The narration was done wonderfully, with all the emotional and passion you know the author has coming through in her telling of the story. I would definitely recommend this book, and the audiobook to readers....more
This is rather short book about Lilith and Laydon, twins who were separated at birth, and are trying to come together as adults. There is a whole slewThis is rather short book about Lilith and Laydon, twins who were separated at birth, and are trying to come together as adults. There is a whole slew of paranormal creatures, including a sexy dragonlady and protective wolfman.
I felt like this book gave me just a taste of a larger world. I wanted more out of it: more detail, more story, more exposure to the characters. At just over 100 pages, there just wasn't enough book for me. Luckily, this is just the first book in a series, so there should hopefully be more coming.
There is definitely lots of material hinted at in this book for future stories. The preface alone could be its own book. I want to read about Lilith and Laydon's history and powers, Maltha and Geoff'tan's relationship, and Father Augustin's history.
Overall, this is an exciting story, but much too short for my liking. You get a taste of a world and characters, but it is rather abbreviated....more
This is a very steamy, not quite erotic, book. Sex plays a large part of Quinn's life, and with two hot men in it, there is plenty of sexual tension.This is a very steamy, not quite erotic, book. Sex plays a large part of Quinn's life, and with two hot men in it, there is plenty of sexual tension. At points this aspect seemed to overtake the actual storyline, you know, the one mentioned in the summary.
Speaking of the summary, it focussed on the goddess aspect of the storyline. I felt that there was a lot left undeveloped when it came to the goddesses and their power. Maybe not undeveloped, but certainly unexplored. I wanted more details about what Quinn's power could do, and how she used normally, not just in the extreme circumstances covered in the book.
Overall, this was an okay read. I felt the sexual parts drown out the story parts that I wanted to read. If you like your books to be hot and steamy, then this book might appeal to you....more
This book is hot and steamy in a very good way. You probably wouldn't guess that from the cover, but you might from the summary. The cover looks likeThis book is hot and steamy in a very good way. You probably wouldn't guess that from the cover, but you might from the summary. The cover looks like a scary paranormal book, while the summary reads almost like a romance novel. Combine the two, and it pretty much describes the book, but in the way you would describe the sun as being a hot place to visit.
This is a story about good versus evil, but you don't really know who is the good guy and who is the bad guy until right near the end. Like real life, your choices aren't clear. I loved that you could pick your side without really knowing if you were choosing good or evil until it was too late. Who did I choose? Allistair with his hot office sex ways. Did I choose good or evil? You'll have to read the book and find out.
I did mention it was steamy, right? There is quite a bit of sex, and a bit of swearing, but none of it is vulgar. It borders on bodice-ripping goodness, but without the awkward cover art. Love it!
This book was deeper than just that though. Like I mentioned, you didn't know the good guy from the bad guy until the end. This really brought home the lesson that your choices aren't usually black and white, there's a lot of gray in real life. And just because the options aren't clear, doesn't mean your choices don't have consequences. Katharine's decisions made far reaching consequences, ones that not one she but many other people had to live with too.
This book was completely different from the other AJ Scudiere book (Resonance) I read, but it was just as awesome. Guess I need to go track down his other books and keep an eye out for any future ones as well....more