This lost a star since it's essentially Acheron just told in a different POV. Which, fills out the story but feelsPoor Styxx and his poor, poor butt.
This lost a star since it's essentially Acheron just told in a different POV. Which, fills out the story but feels like rehashing.
And again more torture porn. Seriously. Kenyon's last couple of books have been torture-textbooks..hence the beginning sentence in this review. I don't have a problem with tortured characters, or rape as a plot device I just have a problem with the repetition. Styxx goes somewhere... Estes shows up...buttrape, Styxx is reading... Apollo shows up... buttrape, Styxx argues with Shrewryssa.. cries in his heart, buttrape from a gaggle of gods for random reasons, Styxx goes to save his brother... guess what.. buttrape to the extreme, Styxx tries to do the right thing.. is sent to Atlantis for 2 years for buttrapification and more scarring.
And then he's on an island for 10,000 years.. alone. Cause that would totally work and he'd totally be able to talk to the first person (in this case god) easily in five minutes. yeahhhh.. This time could have benefited from at least a page or two (cause 1 or 2 pages really would be adding too much to the 850 already there right?) of his time there every 300 years or so. To show a breakdown. Something. Anything. But it's skipped over as non-important. bluh.
This book is hella long, and roughly 650 pages are just back story with a little bit of plot to add to the action that occurs in the last 100 pages.
And there's some romance in there along the way blah blah..
And Acheron is a dick. He makes up for it, but still.. a dick.
Edit: And so I realized that I wrote mostly negative things about this book and want to add that I do actually like enjoy the world of the dark hunter series, which is why I continue to read it even though a lot of the current books are a bit blah sometimes. Love certain characters and their dialogue. In fact the snarky humor is some of the best out of most PNRs that I read.
As I've said in past reviews of this series, there is a fuck-ton of re-hashing of how badass everyone is, how close Nik and Cal are, and whole lot ofAs I've said in past reviews of this series, there is a fuck-ton of re-hashing of how badass everyone is, how close Nik and Cal are, and whole lot of the author telling not showing what is going on. It's book 8.. I think it's pretty obvious by now that Cal and Niko are Superman. Not superMEN .. but one entity. Basically I think all that baddassery couldn't have possibly fit into one character without making them lame i.e.: Superman. So, two people. But Superman sucks. Perfect people suck. Perfect people need to get tossed in a pool of chainsaws. That's why for the longest time I thought Niko sucked. He was to perfect. Boring. But then he has this meltdown and it was awesome. Finally someone pulled the right screw loose and his perfection mask came atumbling down. Here's hoping he stays that way.
Oh yeah, and Cal did some stuff, ate some food.. gated... you know.. Cal.
After the couple of shitty ass books I've read lately this was a real treat. I like Dani's POV. She has spunk. Similar to the character of "Tank Girl"After the couple of shitty ass books I've read lately this was a real treat. I like Dani's POV. She has spunk. Similar to the character of "Tank Girl" she has a lust for life that I will always love and identify with. Mac was fun but Dani is dynamic. She is such a brat but I think with the life she's led, she has earned the right to be one.
To all those who are sickened and disturbed by the older men's "interest" in Dani the let me just say this... perhaps that is the author's intent, and is perhaps an effective and obviously potent plot device. When Christian lusts after Dani it is showing rather than telling that he is on the long dark road to evil-land. When you see Ryodan acting all Obi-Wan/Papa-Bear but you never get his POV, there might be more to him than what's implied. And when the obvious of-age love interest Dancer is doing everything perfectly, it may be he who has the most deceptive intentions.
It's interesting to me what people would call boring, I call important character building. And what they call disturbing, I call very fucking interesting. They don't bother to think "why? why does this disturb me?"
I loved how honest this was. It hit me right in the feels.
(view spoiler)[ Flashbacks got a little confusing, since they frequently occur in the middleI loved how honest this was. It hit me right in the feels.
(view spoiler)[ Flashbacks got a little confusing, since they frequently occur in the middle of Charlie's inner thoughts in which he mentions something that happened then "poof"...in the middle of a flashback.
No smooth segues here.
But in writing them like this you really fall into Charlie's frame of mind and you feel his confusion and his reluctance to fall into this relationship...and you just wanna give him a big fucking hug and tell him it's gonna be okay. (hide spoiler)]...more
This was entertaining, but it felt rushed and fell kinda flat. And the boink scenes were really, really flat...like "he pushed, and he sighed and thenThis was entertaining, but it felt rushed and fell kinda flat. And the boink scenes were really, really flat...like "he pushed, and he sighed and then they came"...blah. Liked Ash but wanted to know more. Wyatt was nerdy cute but ultimately left me with meh. The bad-guy end-scene was a little too deus-exy and really felt like it was pulled out of ones butt.
This makes me sad since I really like her other books and this had a really neat idea....more
I gave this such a low rating cause the romance was wrapped up a little to quickly, in which they (Andrea and Raphael) were hate-lusting after each otI gave this such a low rating cause the romance was wrapped up a little to quickly, in which they (Andrea and Raphael) were hate-lusting after each other for most of the book and then suddenly poof they make up and all is well. It was just a little too easy I guess.