This lost a star since it's essentially Acheron just told in a different POV. Which, fills out the story but feels...morePoor 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 of...moreAs 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.
I'll agree that this was not just "Qhuinn and Blay's" book. A lot of her books are like this, but almost more so in this book.
Which is annoying.
Caus...moreI'll agree that this was not just "Qhuinn and Blay's" book. A lot of her books are like this, but almost more so in this book.
Which is annoying.
Cause there was three setups for other books. Which was Six POVs too many and they ALL got equal time. Plus the Lesser POV which added nothing to this plot, but a set up for another.
But good jobbie on the M/M in a bestseller romance series, but there was no lube for Blay's poor behind. Or Qhuinn's for that matter.. and that may have been worse.. to boldly go, where no man... nevermind.
I would've given this another star or two if it wasn't for the fucking ending. It. Just. Ends. No epilogue. Sorry. It was a cute story but that fuckin...moreI would've given this another star or two if it wasn't for the fucking ending. It. Just. Ends. No epilogue. Sorry. It was a cute story but that fucking ruined it. And well, I didn't feel the main Nathan and Zach had any connection other than mind blowing sex. A physical connection doesn't make a complete relationship. (less)
I thought this was gonna be something completely different from what it was. Don't get me wrong I like dark and gritty stories, but this, this was jus...moreI thought this was gonna be something completely different from what it was. Don't get me wrong I like dark and gritty stories, but this, this was just blah. Too much rapey for plot-powder. And it just drags.
And for a super-in-control-of-his-emotions-spy, Shaw was extremely fucking wangsty that I almost felt it necessary to buy him a training bra.
This, by far, took the longest to read, out of all the M/M romance that I've ever read. I bought this almost a year and a half ago. And I still cringe at the fact that I paid the $6.99 price tag.
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"...moreAfter 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?"
Okay, so it wasn't completely fucking god-awful...but there were plenty of moments where I was wondering why I continue to read this terribly written...moreOkay, so it wasn't completely fucking god-awful...but there were plenty of moments where I was wondering why I continue to read this terribly written shitcasm.
And its all for the Ash, Nick, or Savitar side bits that come out here or there, which accounts for about 5% of this particular book. Those three are the only reasons I continue to care.
Retarded ranting belowsies
(view spoiler)[ I swear this entire book is told in flashbacks. Which are pretty much filled with Ren's sad past. All his beatings, humiliations, and other painful memories are laid bare in whats-her-names visions (and she's that forget-able I forgot her name already). And what do we learn of her...well she had a family that cared and loved her...the end. So basically we get kinda nothing from her.
Torture porn has become a staple in SK's latest writings to the point where it's a seemingly constant oneupmanship on who has the shittiest past. Last dream-hunter >> guy was tortured constantly for a couple thousand years. Last league novel >> guy had to fake being gay for hsi moms, was raped on camera, and was fed his own shit for a couple months straight...i don't even get how he survived.
See my point? it's just getting ridiculous. Whatever happened to the demon-chasing dudes Fang got up with? That shit with the leader of the dream-hunters who is related to Nick? Or the Dogs of War? Most of these story-lines were introduced at the end of a couple books (like 3 or 4 books ago)but never turned into anything. Except for maybe No Mercy but that was as memorable as the last pee I took.
Hopefully this detour was the last one or at least manages to tie shit together in crappily written bliss-cakes?
Just a rant under the cut.. (view spoiler)[ Goddammit this fucking stupid. The main characters are assholes with no chemistry and the plot just falls a...moreJust a rant under the cut.. (view spoiler)[ Goddammit this fucking stupid. The main characters are assholes with no chemistry and the plot just falls apart like a fart in the wind. It's deus-ex after deus-ex and that shit is motherfucking boring. Angels stories with shit mythology are shit stories. An in between tier of angels? Really? This makes me wanna vomit. There was no fucking difference between the angels and the tainted. Or at least Michael and the tainted. In fact, he was worse. But he was maybe the most interesting. MAYBE.
The two mains go back and forth the entire novel whining either about: 1--for him, how he isn't worthy of the her..then his boner gets in his way but then he failed a girl before... but this boner won't go away.. but he lusted after someone and got her killed.. and damn this persistent boner.
2--for her, how she can't trust him, then she might trust him cause he's hot, but then he might be a liar, but then he smells great, and now shes a badass, then she's a sex kitten etc etc etc..
It was like the publishing company just handed the author a vague idea and told her to run with it... " don't worry if you can't figure it out, magic god powers will work when you need em!" Fucking stupid. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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 ot...moreI 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.