This was an ok read. I keep being drawn into historical fiction when I want a bit of romance, it is a repeating unhealthy pattern of mine. 'Unhealthy'This was an ok read. I keep being drawn into historical fiction when I want a bit of romance, it is a repeating unhealthy pattern of mine. 'Unhealthy' because I care about historical accuracy and very few bodice rippers have any.
Widowed from the prior Lord Arundel, in the thirteenth century, Fiona runs across the border to Scotland to seek succour and refuge from a Scottish Laird, having little to offer to incline him to her cause she offers to become his mistress and is accepted.
It is a pretty good premise for this sort of novel and I liked the premise and the main characters. The romance was pretty satisfying and the sex was pleasant if not incendiary, I quite liked the choice of era but the historical detail was mostly unconvincing and the attempt to be'Scottish' was pretty lame.
Initially I thought that the editing or spell checking was to blame for the consistent, irritating use of the word Infirmary (Which is a hospital) when the meaning was clearly infirmity. This annoying misspelling first occurred around page 26 and I thought "use you spellchecker", by page 126, when it was still happening, I decided it was part of the attempt to be medieval. I didn't like it at all though, I know spelling used to be very fluid and that the meanings of words have changed over time, still, this one was silly.
The other constant irritation was the 'Tis and 'Twas scattered everywhere. Fine in speech but by the fifth Tis/Twas per page when the character is only thinking I was totally over it. Tis, Twas, and the occasional Och or Lassie were about as Scottish as it got and the descriptions of the current monarchy were the token bow to history. There was a predictably happy ending.
Anyway, an ok romance, especially for readers who like the genera and are not too particular about accuracy....more
I probably shouldn't even list it as 'read' since after multiple attempts to read it I still could not force myself up to pagThis was just... woeful.
I probably shouldn't even list it as 'read' since after multiple attempts to read it I still could not force myself up to page 100.
I found the writing style flamboyantly, nay floridly descriptive to the point it made both the characters and storyline feel rigid and impossibly unrealistic. It was also overly sentimental in a strange way; it made the teenage characters impossible to believe as teens.
The plot seems very, very predictable and the villain is the most unbelievable villain I have very had the misfortune to waste time reading. That said however, he is barely worse than any of the other characters.
Anyway, not for me, I suspect this is a YA book suitable mostly for VERY Y YA's.
A good conclusion to an absolutely smoking hot series.
For this part of the story we skip both place and time; we are a generation, maybe two ahead ofA good conclusion to an absolutely smoking hot series.
For this part of the story we skip both place and time; we are a generation, maybe two ahead of the events in Skyfall. The survivors of the rebellion and the destruction of the city are loving back in the bush and the genes that give protection from the vicious sunlight are starting to breed true.
None of this is thrown in your face though, the story follows the new characters as they live their lives, and yes, again there are betrayals and momentous events...
But the beauty of the book is in the painting of the landscape, the believability of the characters and how they fit into their world, the slow unfurling of an exciting story. I love the fact that the author never talks down to his readers, I loved the conclusion which certainly took me by surprise. I'll definitely have to read this whole series again....more
In this second book in the series, Eaton leaps from the scene of the first to the completely opposite side of the coin; we go from the darklands to thIn this second book in the series, Eaton leaps from the scene of the first to the completely opposite side of the coin; we go from the darklands to the city of the night people.
One learns about the world outside the wall and we find as people have been finding since the existence of the first city, that cities can be a hell of a lot more dangerous than the country. Here there are plots and politics, schemes and betrayal outside the scope seen in Nightpeople.
it was a god story, heavier on the 'sci' part of sci-fi than the first novel, and lighter on the dystopian element.
I gobbled it a bit, read it too fast. Must go back re-read slowly sometime. ...more
**spoiler alert** OK, I liked this book and I enjoyed some of the plot twists, I enjoyed the descriptive power and I am glad I read it.
I had some issu**spoiler alert** OK, I liked this book and I enjoyed some of the plot twists, I enjoyed the descriptive power and I am glad I read it.
I had some issues though: First (my fault) I was under the impression when I got this book that it was the conclusion of the series, so I was pretty disappointed at the end when it clearly was not.
Second: Is the author EVER going to let those poor teenagers get laid already? Every single book there is a new tragic reason why they can't have sex and I am starting to find the prudishness incredibly aggravating. They are seventeen and eighteen after all, that is legal in any first world country, for goodness sake, give the two poor things a bit of pleasure and happiness there!
Maybe not, the author is pretty down on relationships in general. Anyone who has one, let alone a good one, is kind of marked for misery and misfortune in short order. The other repeating theme is the teenagers having to solve great big impossible to solve problems without the Clave's help, only relying on other teenagers. Yes, I do know this is a YA book, but suspension of disbelief is getting harder and harder as each demon gets bigger and the teen team has to go it alone....more
I liked this instalment of the series, I found the extra attention paid to the development of the greater cast of characters gave this book some zingI liked this instalment of the series, I found the extra attention paid to the development of the greater cast of characters gave this book some zing that was starting to fade from the previous instalment....more
This book was ok, just not inspiring. It kind of fell in the 'neither twixt nor between' zone.
It was not a mystery - with that cover, title and blurbThis book was ok, just not inspiring. It kind of fell in the 'neither twixt nor between' zone.
It was not a mystery - with that cover, title and blurb we all knew it was about werewolves.
It was not really a horror due to the lack of significant gore or, well, anything horrific; some people died sure, but that slow build of tension and anticipation that you need to make horror swing, that element was completely absent.
So what is left if one eliminates the horror and the mystery, is pretty much, the personal journey of discovery, type book. And that fell a bit flat as well. Sure, our main ware-heroine spends a lot of time in denial, requiring a loving boyfriend (I liked him, at least) and a very high class psychiatrist (who was not always wholly convincing), to get her past the breast beating denial phase...
It was ok. A bit clumsy at times, enough so that you have to take breaks in reading before it starts to annoy you....more
This was not a bad kid's book; the one star is because I did not enjoy it and had to truely struggle to finish it.
Published in the 70's it is writtenThis was not a bad kid's book; the one star is because I did not enjoy it and had to truely struggle to finish it.
Published in the 70's it is written topically with a phenomenal level of racism and prejudice. Historically accurate as that may be it is difficult to stomach for a modern reader. The types of racism also confused me; perhaps an American (the book is American) may be able to distinguish the references, I often could not figure them out. Caribbean? African American? South American? I did not know and had no intention of googleing it.
The main character is a self absorbed sulky child, she is unconscious of and uninterested in anyone but herself. She wants to be friends with well dressed pretty girls and is not particularly kind to the one person in her new school who befriends her freely. She is unlikeable in the extreme, and however honestly she is written (most children, after all, are self absorbed) It makes her difficult to read. ...more
Every bit as good as the first one, with a little, but not too much character development. Our main character, Joanne Walker is continuing to find herEvery bit as good as the first one, with a little, but not too much character development. Our main character, Joanne Walker is continuing to find her way semi blind in her newly discovered shaman skin.
A nice touch was the fact that, from the first book, the two main supporting characters were not used in the same way. Coyote the spirit guide is not there to rescue Joanne and feed her continuous words of wisdom. Gary a earthy moral support role is still there but in a totally different dynamic.
Kudos to the author for managing to continue the story without stereotyping characters from the first book to the second! I look forward to more....more