I listened to the Playaway audio of this, but checked out the book as well. At one point, I had left my player at work so I found my place in the book...moreI listened to the Playaway audio of this, but checked out the book as well. At one point, I had left my player at work so I found my place in the book and began reading, picking up where I left off. I have listened to less than a handfull of audiobooks but can say with great certainty that you should listen to the audio of the book as opposed to reading it. There are comments about how confusing this book can be with changing time and multiple versions of Clare and Henry talking. The audio is read by both a man and a woman and you never get lost. I highly recommend it! (I went back to the audio an 're'listened to the part I had read as it was so much better in that format.)
I tend to be a reader that loves settings. The location and it's vivid description is important to me, hence I read lots of fantasy fiction. I enjoy strong, well fleshed characters, and beautiful language will always win over anyone who loves books. However, these last two things are rarely my motivation for loving a book. This book is an exception. The writing in this book is so well done that I can barely articulate how much I now respect I have for this author. The book was confusing. It was based on 'a silly, sci-fi notion'. It jumped all over the place. It gave you scenes and then left you feeling unsatisfied, as if someone took your dinner plate 4 bites before you finished. Yet, for all this mania, it was so inspiring and heartfelt that you just couldn't stop. The language was so descriptive and sometimes poetic, that you could almost smell or see or touch or experience what the author was conveying. You were physically there or in the mind of the character. Their frustration was your own. You too felt the anxiety that Clare often felt. You understood Henry's indifferent attitude about time travel. You could sympathize with the almost exhausting grief that was Christmas Eve for Henry.
I was truly impacted by this book and its bittersweet story. I sobbed like a baby at times, as was to be expected. I just finished an hour ago and my eyes are still stinging and red. If you told me to read it again though, I wouldn't hesitate. I would sit down now and begin again for every moment would be worthwhile.
*I am a member of a family of ranchers and rodeo cowboys so I do honestly understand this lifestyle and its social norms.
I listened to the audio versi...more*I am a member of a family of ranchers and rodeo cowboys so I do honestly understand this lifestyle and its social norms.
I listened to the audio version of this and frankly, I was blown away.
I am traditionally not a fan of short stories. Epic fantasy is my favorite and is at the opposite end of the spectrum so to speak. I have always felt that short stories are the 'commercials' of writing. don't get me wrong, some commercials are better than the show you are watching, so this is not a statement of quality. I just usually want a bit more heft to my story and shorts don't deliver. To each his own.
This story however was magnificent. It is no wonder that it received professional accolades. It is beautifully done, sensitive to what is a difficult and painful situation for the characters, and most importantly, completely realistic. True to the time and percieved mindset of the character choices, I never had a moment of "well that just doesn't track" and felt thrown out of the story.
Two thumbs up, 5 stars, and a deafening round of applause for Brokeback Mountain.(less)
Well, I just finished this book and I am left with one very strong feeling.
I have a hangover.
I have that miserable, "What the hell happened here last...moreWell, I just finished this book and I am left with one very strong feeling.
I have a hangover.
I have that miserable, "What the hell happened here last night?" sensation where I can only recall bits and pieces and when I attempt to assemble them...nothing makes sense. The kind of hung over where you aren't just missing 5 minutes here or there, but the really post-hammered type where things like this occur...
Can anyone tell me why there is a wheelbarrow full of golf balls in my living room?
That kind of hung over.
Can anyone tell me what the hell I just read?
I enjoyed the journey, yet I still am not quite sure if we got where we were headed and certainly have no clue where it was. Additionally, since the ending was so nebulous, I'm not sure if we even arrived anywhere at all. Are we even done?
The man is an amazing writer, there is no question. With this book however, I'm wondering what he wrote.(less)
Lucky you! I'm not going to bore you with how I thought this book compared to The Life of Bees since... That. Is. Not. Relevant.
This story was lovely....moreLucky you! I'm not going to bore you with how I thought this book compared to The Life of Bees since... That. Is. Not. Relevant.
This story was lovely. The descriptions used by the author were truly lyrical and the story was one that hit a nerve with me. Many people found the protagonist annoying or selfish and disliked the first person POV in the story. My feeling is that since so much of the story is about the feelings and motivations behind the pro's actions, the FPPOV was absolutely required. The annoying and selfish comments on the pro, I'm quite sure, have more to do with people who have never experienced a phase in their own lives that was similar. Not all women go through the conflict of self that Jesse(the pro) did, but once they pass a certain age, they surely know someone who has.
This story was a cocoon-like telling of the disorientation that many women feel when they come to the realization that Jesse did. If you spend you life satisfying others and enriching their lives, you will not automatically find yourself to be a person with a rich life, nor are you guaranteed to be satisfied. Redefining self after this realization can be freeing, messy, exhilarating, and in some cases, painful.
The character development was strong for the pro and partner(s). The secondary characters were colorful but two-dimensional. I felt the balance between Jesse's romance/conflict and the issues with her mother/father to be well balanced.
The end was a satisfying surprise that I had not considered as an option and I felt that the outcomes or 'epilogue' aspects were very true to life.
This is a four star book for those that can identify with the protagonist's conflict, but only three for those who just don't understand her dissatisfaction. Your ability to find common ground (not have and affair but just understand her emotions), will determine you enjoyment of the book. No author can give a reader the emotions and understanding that come with the perspective of experience. (Kidd sure does try though!)(less)
This was a good, solid installment in the series that I enjoy as much as the first. This book had some strong development of the long term seri...more★ ★ ★ ½
This was a good, solid installment in the series that I enjoy as much as the first. This book had some strong development of the long term series plot that I was glad to see and really appreciated. These characters (Durian and Grey) were interesting and I really liked Grey. No moments of wanting to slap her. :)
Another asset to the story was that fact that all the scenes with the couples from past books were necessary as opposed to just throwing them in so you can say, "Hi!" to characters you know. There were a few scenes with other characters thrown in to give you hints about the future, but none were overdone. Overall, an enjoyable read.(less)
Quick-Cap: Xia, once a mageheld fiend(a type of demon), is now free from mages and has sworn his loyalty to the warlord Nicodemus. Harsh's sis...more★ ★ ★ ½
Quick-Cap: Xia, once a mageheld fiend(a type of demon), is now free from mages and has sworn his loyalty to the warlord Nicodemus. Harsh's sister, Alexandrine (a witch), is now a target of the mage Kessler who is greedy to lay his hands on an ancient talisman that she posseses. Nicodemus has charged Xia with Alexandrine's protection but Xia would rather kill every mage he sets his eyes on. This installment in the series is centered on Xia overcoming his hatred and the romance between he and Alexandrine.
My Forbidden Desire continues the story of the fiends and witches we were intoduced to in My Wicked Enemy. This second book is entertaining in itself and lays the foundation for future stoies as well. Although this book does not contribute as much as its predecessor in advancing the overall series plot, it does give us some more insight into the capabilities of fiends in general. Not stellar, but a pleasant read.(less)
Finally! The one element that I truly wanted to have at and be done with was the idiotic @$$clown behavior of Samuel Faa. It was a monsterous...more★ ★ ★ ½
Finally! The one element that I truly wanted to have at and be done with was the idiotic @$$clown behavior of Samuel Faa. It was a monsterous relief to see resolution to he and Isabelle's antagoistic (and mysterious) relationship/past.
OK, (breathe a sigh of relief), on we go...
In many ways, this was one of the stronger books of the series. It was given plenty of buildup in previous books, the aspects/disasters that put them in close quarters were interesting unto themselves, and you were allowed to learn more (quite a bit) about the main characters in this book. Getting to know the main characters well is not always guaranteed sadly, so it bears mentioning. Like all books in this series, the ending has a forced 'quick, quick...wrap this up with bunnies and roses!' feel to it but it is tolerably brief.
Isabelle is a great character. Even though she is a Chosen One that is not in possesion of an offensive (attack) gift, she can still kick a little arse with the best of them. It was a pleasure to finally get to see Samuel concerned about something besides himself and to learn what had made him such a tedius jerk. (The placement of his gift mark was really creepy but I liked it. The imagery of someone rifling through my head like a junk drawer stuck with me.)
This book really earned 3 1/2 stars more for the seamless-ish weave of storytelling from the previous story to this one and (I feel it coming) to the next. I was left wondering many things about Charisma and Aleksandr for the upcoming stories and they weren't so obvious that they were screaming at me...more like a soft elbow nudge to the ribs. :)
This book falls solidly into PNR and not UF as do the others in the series. They are of course, totally character driven stories and will appeal to anyone who likes X-Men team building as opposed to Lone Ranger heroism. If you enjoy PNR/UF by Shannon K Butcher or Adrian Phoenix, you would enjoy this series.(less)
Oh-ho-ho....me likey this book! This was a fun ride and I definately enjoyed the beings that Jewel created. The mage/demon structure was truly interes...moreOh-ho-ho....me likey this book! This was a fun ride and I definately enjoyed the beings that Jewel created. The mage/demon structure was truly interesting and the 'inpediment' that the heroine suffered from made it actually easier to understand the magic system (strangely enough). Very good on the 'uber-alpha-male-hero' scale as well. Lots of sexy man business here for those who like the my oath to protect you aspect. Even though the heroine, Carson, is suffering from an ailment, for lack of a better term, she is a seriously smart heroine. No freaking out, no hysterical moments. It isn't like she has no fear, but she is a rational being and in PNR, you have to appreciate that. I will definately read the next in the series. There are lots of super-hotties in this book who must go off and save their own DIDs!(less)
I really liked this edition of the DH series. It was a nice change of pace to have a hero who still actually had a family...even if said family is a b...moreI really liked this edition of the DH series. It was a nice change of pace to have a hero who still actually had a family...even if said family is a bunch of jerks. It was also nice to have a tough-kick-a-little-butt-cause-I-trained-like-a-dark-hunter-too kind of girl for the heroine. I don't think any other heroine is actually able to fight alongside her DH so that was a lovely switcheroo. (I get a little tired of the 'swooning woman' issue.) She also was a tough cookie emotionally and I thought she had a fun sense of humor. Many other reviewers feel she was too sarcastic and that made her annoying and I disagree. I felt she had a quick wit, and with the exception of maybe one scene, thought that she was written well. She also didn't ask any stupid questions and go bananas over the paranormal forces in the DH world which I appreciate. As a PNR fan, there is nothing more annoying than a book character that is constantly ranting about how 'vampires/demons/angels/shifters/witches/magic/etc. don't exist' when they have had numerous examples happen right in front of them. You have the suspension of disbelief for 21st century television, but not for the paranormal in your own world? Give me a break!
The Cael and Nick part was nuts! Even though I have read many of the later DH books, I don't remember how the Cael and Nick thing plays out...will have to double check to see what I read because that looks to be prime time stuff. Overall, a satisfying example of Kenyon's work.(less)
Quick-cap: Story of three sisters that are half-human and half-fae. One is a witch, one is a cat-shifter, and the last is a vamp. They work Earthside...moreQuick-cap: Story of three sisters that are half-human and half-fae. One is a witch, one is a cat-shifter, and the last is a vamp. They work Earthside for a government agency to police the supernats from Otherworld that now 'freely' interact with humans. This installment in the series is focused on Camille the witch and her romantic confusions. The series plot conflict is revealed in this book to be an uprising of a potentially unstoppable demon Lord. This book lays the groundwork for that large conflict, introduces us to the D'Artigo sisters, and follows the action of the first step in their efforts to stop the demon Shadow Wing.
The background, storyline, and world concept of this book were really great. They were not however, explained in much depth. This book was only 293 pages and it would have been much better with about 60-70 more. The characters are the strength of this story and although there was sufficient information on them for a first-in-series, I was hoping for more. If the author had given the same amount of detail to backstory and plot development that she gave to fashion descriptions, this story would have been 4 stars. I did think that there was a very healthy spread of paranormal characters used in this book and I enjoyed it. If this groundwork is used effectively in furture books, this series will be an great read.(less)