I could trudge through the overwritten story, it was annoying but I could deal with reading a conversation over multiple pages, sprinkled through rand...moreI could trudge through the overwritten story, it was annoying but I could deal with reading a conversation over multiple pages, sprinkled through random thoughts and memories of whomever's POV I was reading. I am almost used to authors padding the shit out of their books nowadays. I could deal with the rehashing and repetition that has become pretty consistent since Blackout. You could make a drinking game probably. Just pick: Cal being obnoxious or emo, Robin being a perv or claiming to be the origin of whatever, or Niko being quiet and serene. I am having great problems with the minuscule plot lines and lack of character growth between books. It bugs me when shit seems to be going nowhere fast and these characters are ever so static. But the thing that just fucking ruined it for me in the entire book, the thing that completely shit in my Cheerios, was bringing Catcher back. And grudgingly Georgiana too. And for that matter the last six fucking pages. The epilogue in Roadkill was such a crushing and epic moment of finality, of the terrible consequences to actions taken by Rafferty, that just magically erasing it via deus ex Fenris makes me wanna flush all the books I do own down the toilet. When I read Catcher walking out of the RV I about threw the fucking book in the trash (it's a library book so I thought better of it) And then Georgiana... What the fuc.. Why wasn't she dead? When the hell did she get the powers to change people's thoughts and memories? Even though her character was written in a way to be disliked, and even though she is shitastically annoying, but when I thought she died (in Doubletake?)I was fucking speechless. I mean it was kinda done in an off-the-main-stage sorta way, but the impact was still there. Then, in this book after being absent for like 6 books (besides the supposed death), she just out of the blue, in an out-of-character chipper mood, calls to give Robin the info he needs most at the moment just because in this certain circumstance she feel like interfering? Um no. And Cal gating to the sun. I see the logic of it killing all the retard baebies, but the gamble on Grimm actually bringing them back was absurd and out of character. Grimm would've been better used as a coat hanger for all that he did in this book. There was maybe one conversation with him where he said more than one word, he hate-flirted with Cal a bunch, and then he was microscopically mentioned in his own death scene.. A major antagonist that has a powerful gating ability, that has been built up as this major badass, a gigantic worry for all of mankind (whether they know or not), is snuffed out like a fart with febreeze. And then everyone's alive, Cal doesn't look Auphe anymore and all is well and by golly that Robin he is such a supreme being of puckdom, ain't he just a great trickster? Eh?Eh? Sucker? Sucker? I'm done. Fuck this shit. I'll chose to believe this series ended with Blackout where it should have. (less)
I don't think I've ever been this confused on what to rate something.. The writing is excellent and the characters are well dev...moreso...yeah. alien dicks!
I don't think I've ever been this confused on what to rate something.. The writing is excellent and the characters are well developed and the story is really engaging but it just drags on and on and too fucking long and then those characters fall into tired cliches of BADGUY=Scott the snotty-baddy-badderson who has all the retarded ideas and gets called out on it over and over yet the sheeple are so complacent they don't dare fart against him, plus he is every entitled teenager EVER tossed into a body of a man... and GOODGIRL= Amber who is a super bitch but only cause she's a realist and has no faith in anyone but for some stupid ass reason doesn't leave... or HELPLESS MOTIVATOR= Nikki, her sister who is so fucking stupid and you wonder constantly how she is still breathing...and...and... TARZAN/LOVEINTEREST/CONFUSEDLADYBONARS= lizard dude. well he's pretty awesome. I'm torn between being happy I finished it and sad that I wasted all my breaks at work reading this for the past month.
It was fine other than the fact that all the women were crying-punchingbag-plot-devices. And the ending was drug out hella too long. I mean shit..the...moreIt was fine other than the fact that all the women were crying-punchingbag-plot-devices. And the ending was drug out hella too long. I mean shit..the author was totally pulling a Peter Jackson. (less)
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.
There was an interesting story somewhere in between the rapey hero bits and idiotic heroine fainting. Basically everything BUT their part of the story...moreThere was an interesting story somewhere in between the rapey hero bits and idiotic heroine fainting. Basically everything BUT their part of the story was worth reading about. And the repetition of previously stated shit.. I don't need to be told the Psy are inhumanly cold fourteen thousand times to understand that they are robot-like and seemingly have stick-in-ass-syndrome. I got it the first time it was mentioned in the fist chapter of the first book.
my thoughts on this is best summed up with some excellent writing skills: "he could feel it, feel it in the heart of his maleness." ummm.. okay, that sounds kinda retarded.
But will I continue to read these steaming piles of puppy poo...
probably only cause I'm a sucker for bad writing.(less)
Soo, I've been thinking (because I had a lot of time to think between the utter despair and mind numbingly dull moments) that I am truly starting to h...moreSoo, I've been thinking (because I had a lot of time to think between the utter despair and mind numbingly dull moments) that I am truly starting to hate this fucking rambunctious turd of a series.
I know, I know... I, for some odd ass reason continue to read this peanut-infested drivel, hoping that maybe it will stop being so...fucking...bad, and maybe it's cause I really enjoy reading (and I mean skimming) the trials and tribulations of everyone except Anita. Really. I could care less about the main character than I do herpes. Why should I care about a character who doesn't do anything different from the last 3 or four books. Seriously, it's a copy-paste-fest going on up in here.
I believe Kurt Vonnegut said (for the basics of a creative story) that you should be a sadist to your characters to see what they are made of. This I understand. This makes total and complete sense to me. LKH doesn't understand this at all.. or maybe she does and just doesn't write this way because hell, if I could get paid to write shit and continue to write shit with no repercussions to my paycheck, cause my audience seems to think books like 50 Shades of Butt is PHENOMINAL then why the hell not? Why should I believe that anything is going to truly happen to Anita? Nothing of exceptional value is ever taken from her, she has everything at her beck and call,she's forgiven for everything (or just doesn't care because ewww, jealous people hate me), she never really is troubled except for whether to wear hoochie heels and tiny skirts or jeans and comfortable, understandably-practical-for-her-occupation footwear.
It's hard to give up a series that I've invested so much time and about 14 bucks in. (I only really bought one book.. I love the library) But I may not be back to write scathing reviews for a while. Even laughing at this joke of a story has gotten dull.
I think I'll scan the blurb a bit better next time.
I was surprisingly bored to mush by this one. Lots of repetition and stretching of what probably was a decent plot. I gave up about 160 pages in and st...moreI was surprisingly bored to mush by this one. Lots of repetition and stretching of what probably was a decent plot. I gave up about 160 pages in and started skipping chunks, and I don't think I really missed much.
I think I am just waiting for Illium or Venom's book.(less)
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.