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.
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.
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?"
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)
**spoiler alert** If anyone has ever read my reviews before they know I am not a fan of the Main characters falling in love after a half a second to a...more**spoiler alert** If anyone has ever read my reviews before they know I am not a fan of the Main characters falling in love after a half a second to a couple days of knowing each other. It's retarded. It shits on the idea of love. Space it out a little bit... like Wulf's story.. (even though Wulf's story sucked butthole)
So that begs the question: Why do you keep reading Mrs. Kenyon's works when she clearly uses this trope every single fucking time?
Well...It's cause I've invested way too much time reading this series so it's kinda like a malignant cancer.. I can't expunge it.. and I am patiently awaiting the stories for certain characters I like (like Savitar) only to be depressed with a pile of KA-KA DOODIE like when Jess' story came out in . (oh god that was so bad) Or the cameo bits of older characters like Zarek (the only shining light in that nefarious Retribution) and... well Zarek's probably the only one really. I used to like Ash but now he's all foofy foo and Nick is such a effing prick I want to burn him alive.
Soo...Seth and Lydia ... I was not feeling it. Their love was as deep as the pee reservoir in a pregnancy test. Lydia has a case of the Stockholme Syndrome and a lady-bonAr problem... I mean she was pretty much drooling at him every second then immediately remembering he was a super villianous bad-baddie the next. WHO DOES THAT?? Assholes. That's who. But other than that, completely forgettable. Seth... Ok, I liked Seth.. His character design anyway..Kabuki?!? Really?!? That's fucking awesome!! Plus, I like miserable characters. But it seems to me that Mrs. Kenyon is trying to out do herself with her Broken-Alpha-Male-Archetype with Seth. He had 4 and a half thousand years..THOUSAND, of demon torture daily. That would leave you A: Scarred to the EXTREMMEE.. and I mean like Zarek pre-Dark-Hunter (castrated, non functioning limbs etc.etc.) so basically...Gumby.. B: retardedly insane like texas chainsaw insane or C: Dead. He had a couple of prominent scars and was a little bit grumpy.
OH.. and I loved (sarcasm) the super huge buildup of the suffering Seth went through went he got tortured and nearly bifurcated by the Phonoi like it was the worst fucking thing EVAR. It was mentioned that Jared had seen every war in the history of time and Seth's "almost split" was one of the worst things? Really?!?! The history of all time? WTF? Have you met THE NEW Theon GreyJoy ?
And did Noir seem a little "off" from what he was in the last Dream-Hunter? I found him to be a lot more frazzled than he was before. Like he lost his cool button and ate a bipolar doughnut. He acted more like a bitchy tween without her twilight fix of the day.
I did kinda like the whole twisticle ending where you thought Seth was gonna play Super-Martyr and Lydia was gonna live in a Ditsy LOLWUT state dreaming bits and pieces of a warm mysterious presence and just staying a relatively dumb character..THen Psyche! They just Deus-EX him outta there.
Overall... It was better than the last 2 Dark-Hunter novels but that's not really saying much since the last two were so god-awful that punched myself into a coma...I guess that would be one way of seeing stars form something. derp. (less)
I got to about page 53 then skipped around til the end cause this was really a big load of crap. After the waifish perfect tiny beeyootiful girl (and...moreI got to about page 53 then skipped around til the end cause this was really a big load of crap. After the waifish perfect tiny beeyootiful girl (and I mean girl in the sense that she shouldn't be around kitchen knives cause she'd cut off her head) backed down for the umpteenth time to big strong and rapey, I had to call it quits.
"But Vick, why don't you give this a chance when you read such shit like anita blake or the darkhunter series?" Well, questionable mind speaker... it was just really bad and those others I started reading when I didn't have a base for what a good book was. The dark hunter series has its occasional humor which makes up for the incredible shitty writing now (I say now cause it used to actually be kinda decent), and anita blake is like watching a train wreck in progress and that shit is to fucking hilarious NOT to read. This had too much telling me how wonderful and sexy and amazing the main characters were, or how tortured and dark and compelling, and I just wasn't having it.
And Mikhail was just a douche. Frat-boy, Rapey, Clueless, DOUCHE.
And Raven (really? that fucking name) was such a WEAK twat. My inner feminist was screaming at this idiot to die a million times.
And I dislike insta-love in the first 2 pages. BORING!! I'd much rather punch myself in the face with a love quadrangle than that.
I loves you Mom, but this is one of those books I'm left with a big WTF.
p.s. -- Of what I read of the other manly-men characters some of them seemed interesting enough that I might reconsider reading another of this series... but with 40 or so more books in this series and how I hate reading shit out of order, that might not ever come to be.(less)
Is it okay that I liked the Kane bits the most? That's me always loving the side stories.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Mina and Joey's angsty-ass roma...moreIs it okay that I liked the Kane bits the most? That's me always loving the side stories.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Mina and Joey's angsty-ass romance..from the tidbits in Shadowglass to the last chapters of this book, but I think a little less angst-butter might've spread a little bit better than spoonfuls of angst-butter. Sorry for the stupid analogy but less is more some times dammit!! Just a little.