This book threw me in a tailspin of wild and crazy emotions! I was scared at first, reading some of the bad reviews, that I wouldn't like it as much a...moreThis book threw me in a tailspin of wild and crazy emotions! I was scared at first, reading some of the bad reviews, that I wouldn't like it as much as Outlander or Dragonfly, but this book was just as magical. I laughed aloud, nearly teared up, read with ridiculous anticipation, and sighed in the romance. I usually do final notes in my reviews but probably from here on out in this series, it's not needed. Jamie is still Jamie. Claire is still Claire. The plot is their simply just their story, their lives, the sex is love, and the end leaves you wanting to know more, but feeling warm inside and full of hope for them. (less)
I'm not the overly emotional type- don't usually cry in movies, and less so in books. This book had me struggling to keep them back. I've read complai...moreI'm not the overly emotional type- don't usually cry in movies, and less so in books. This book had me struggling to keep them back. I've read complaints that Dr Gabaldon can be long winded and overly discriptive- to me, that's one of the best parts of this book. Reading it is like watching a movie- it's poetically descriptive, and alot of the "little, minor" details are actually literary uses for metaphor, foreshadowing, and other ingenius literary elements... in the way Steinbeck used alot of the same tools in The Grapes of Wrath. Now into book 2, I'd say this series is less "romance" but more about love. So I wouldn't recommend this to just any romance reader- I wouldn't say you have to like "historical romance" or highlander stuff, but if you have you're a lit-nut, enjoy reading full thorough setting details and character arcs with a full bodied plot, I'd say this series is for you. Oh- and if you don't mind your heart just breaking apart.
The hero - Jamie Fraser- my biggest complaint with most romance novels is that the hero/love interest/bad boy loses all of this edgy badness at the end, and turns into a whiny, needy, too much sugar sweet kind of guy- and all the things about him that made us (the reader) adore him abruptly disappear. Not the case here. Jamie starts out funny, sweet, and underneath, quite dangerous. And nothing changes... in fact, I'd say in this book he's a little harder, a little tougher, a little rougher, which falls in line with the horrors he'd survived in the previous book. The tender sappy moments he has with Claire are precious- you don't feel like that "eww too sweet!! turn the page!" feeling... he's an amazing character. One of my absolute favories.
The heroine - another shock- I usually hate heroines in novels lol but not Claire Fraser. Brave, smart, funny, a survivor, strong, she never comes of "helpless" or "damsel in distress" even when she's in great distress.... but never too harsh, never too "masculine", never whiny, never weak... and the love between her and Jamie you honestly want to read about forever. It's not a perfect relationship, and they're not perfect towards eachother... but it's real love. The real love that is imperfect but you fight for it.
The Plot - Plots within plots :) my favorite kind- keeps you on your toes. It starts with Claire wanting to tell her daughter the true identity of her father. Then, it's trying to stop the Jacobite rising with Jamie.... then trying to help the Jacobites succeed.... and then. Can't be bored though with so much going on :)
The sex - no sex in thsi book. not really. Just love. To me, there's nothing written that make your heart race or perk your carnal senses- but scenes that will touch your heart, other scenes that you'll grimmace at but understand, and at the end.... a scene that makes you go "really?" but when you sit back and silently think about the moment when you take your last breath.... doesn't everyone imagine that they'd think on the one they love and wish for one last time? If I were to compare the love-making in this book (and I NEVER use that word lol) and the sex in others to food- Most romance novels would be somewhere between... plain yogurt (as in bland, or kind.. just there sex scene) and spicy buffalo wings. This book, however, would be... warm creme brulee. I'm not saying creme brulee tops spicy buffalo wings every time (and as for plain yogurt, anything tops that) both are extraordinary if you're in that type of mood.
The end - well... it's not a shock, but you definitely want to know more! I'm doing to know what happens and I KNOW what happens lol but the "ending" of the 18th century story... that nearly tore me up... it's twist your guts around in knots you wanna cry... but still- absolutely wonderful.
The only reason I give this 4 stars rather than 5, is I felt like the whole miscommunication between Roger Wakefield vs Roger Mackenzie went on too lo...moreThe only reason I give this 4 stars rather than 5, is I felt like the whole miscommunication between Roger Wakefield vs Roger Mackenzie went on too long... aside form that I loved everything about this book :) (less)
**spoiler alert** I will admit, I was a little sketchy to start this because of alot of negative reviews- saying that the book drug out too long, wasn...more**spoiler alert** I will admit, I was a little sketchy to start this because of alot of negative reviews- saying that the book drug out too long, wasn't interesting, wasn't enough Claire and Jamie, and the scariest that lot of people found this book to be "boring"
I'm glad the reviews and my apprehensions were wrong :)
This book is indeed long, and alot of plot lines don't get resolved (so to speak) as quickly as you want them to... but like the poem "the wasteland" its the shadow, the tension where things get interesting.
I would say that out of all the books up to this point, the fiery cross has the most humor, and the most... "reality" as far as day to day marriage is concerned. Some of the scenes between Roger and Bri, the "lack luster" sex, the jealousy a father feels for his child, etc echoed alot of tense moments I've had in my own marriage, and with my own child. The almost reverent "intimacy" between Claire and Jamie... the outlander series isn't a "romance" series... it's a series about love in all of its forms. Man and wife, family (or kin), man and those who work for him (tenannts), parent and child, love between friends, unrequited love... it's all presented in... a masterpiece of words and scenes.
The humor though- lol that was a shock. To list off a few... Roger's medical impossibility- dying of sexual arousal, Jamie's pain in the backside (calling Claire his pain in the backside), Jeemy and "chit!"and the scene with Jemmy, Roger and Jamie and "I have balls?"
all in all... this book is like... a 5 or 6 course Michelin star meal. You don't come to the table voracious and amped up- its one you want to take your time with, open your senses and your heart and ease into it... it's not just about the plot and "what happens next?"... its being so wrapped up in the moment you can see it taking place before you, and you start feeling the emotions the author has gone to great lengths to incite.. the same way a chef will use herbs and oils and cooking methods to heighten the subtle flavor of whatever he's cooking.
I want to give this 4, maybe even 5 stars, but CAN'T!! A longer more thorough review to come... but I will say this- I will change my rating depending...moreI want to give this 4, maybe even 5 stars, but CAN'T!! A longer more thorough review to come... but I will say this- I will change my rating depending on the next book because the cliffhanger is BLOODY F****** UNFAIR!!!!! 4 storylines at jarring cliffs! (less)
kay- I have to admit that I'm giving this 4 stars, when I want to give it 5, because it's a heavily biased review. I have a small, well, actually quit...morekay- I have to admit that I'm giving this 4 stars, when I want to give it 5, because it's a heavily biased review. I have a small, well, actually quite large weakness for the cold, assassin, definitely not good guy hero, the badder the better. I mean seriously- Edward/Ted Forrester of the Anita Blake series is my favorite character! And there's an Edward/Ted Forrester mixed with a little Jericho Barrons from the fever series (cool, calculating, mercenary type) air in his development that I'm addicted to. So with a sigh, I'll say.. the beginning, while a great "love scene" is not quite believable, starting off a romance in that manner... no matter how great the sex was. And.... Simon's big revelation was also... a little hard to grasp considering his character. But the story was definitely entertaining, and it's nice reading of a character that doesn't seem so... helpless. Drea/Andy most assuredly holds her own. All in all, an easy, enjoyable read, with vibrant characters (I was laughing while Raphael is crapping his pants thinking he was in love with Drea), but not a blow your mind read. I consider it a favorite :) something I'll read again on a lazy afternoon, when I'm all relaxed, in a fantastic mood, and I just want to read something fun. Like listening to Top 40 instead of opera. (less)
The series definitly redeems itself with this book :) lol even though some of the answers I was looking for (the religious reasoning or...moreAs promised :)
The series definitly redeems itself with this book :) lol even though some of the answers I was looking for (the religious reasoning or waht not) were still lacking. I'm getting the feeling this is more romance/suspense than "paranormal". Despite all that... this is one of my favorite books :) Jim gets a little bit of background behind him and you find yourself admiring him and rooting for him. Adrian and Edward get a dark side yet show that tender brotherly loyalty towards eachother and Jim. Tid bits come out about Collin and Nigel that jog your brain.. and Davina lol seeing a therapist? It's as epic as a mafia head hancho seeing a therapist (and The Sopranos was seriously one of the best shows ever and should've been a book series). I loved Isaac's character down to the bone. Grier was... palatable lol nothing special, except for I really enjoyed the scenes with her and her brother's ghost.
bottom line: if you like suspense/romance, but lean more toward suspense, this series probably isn't going to be for you. If you lean more romance, but are expecting the spiciness of Black Dagger or Anita Blake... this isn't for you either lol. This series is the vanilla sides of each, but I enjoy it :)
The Hero- Jim's strength is... phenomenal. I don't mean brute strength either, I mean the scene in Devina's lair with the young blonde girl. My emotions were everywhere, from sadness, to empathy, to panic (at what would happen) outrage... and then you realize you've gone through the exact same emotions as Jim and finally... that's the connection I was looking for. Isaac is a yummy scrumptious character. I love his thing about cussing in front of a lady how endearing :)
The Heroine- I guess I should say something about Grier....but she's boring lol. As I stated above, the only scenes I really enjoyed with her in them (other than the obvious) were the ones with her brothers ghost. I can't say I wish there was more to them or more of them because it's just the right amount for the part they play in the story. It's just that... Grier is no Marie-Therese. Just another, smart, blonde, sexually inexperienced perfect heroine of a romance novel. Davina the anti-hero, however, with her cruelty, and sadism.... I can't WAIT for the next book because I'm dying know more about her and Jim! THe evilest of the evil seeing a therapist for hoarding? and OCD? that's just... AWESOME! lol Her "craving" for Jim? Makes you wonder if Jim will save her... soul I guess, if she has one.
The Plot- Gets rolling a little bit in this book, but still too many details not covered for my taste. I thought for sure that Vin with his gift of telling the future would be a constant in the series but guess not. Other questions- how can Davina take innocent souls? whats the deal with the solution, why the crystal weapons, etc. etc. I'd call myself marginally versed in world religions.. so I understand why salt and sage were used in the first book, but the rest I'm not sure... this book has such a good concept, I'd hate to see it get lost in chick-flick romance. Aside from this, it is a good read, I just hope more depth is given to this side of the story (the suspense/religious/paranormal aspect)
The Sex- you'd never believe it if I said it, I can hardly believe it, but while they were better written than the last novel... I actually skipped 1 because I had to know what was going to happen with the rest of the story. Not anywhere near as good as some in the Black Dagger series but good enough. I think the problem was there were just too many- considering the short time span. and I think 2 scenes could've been scrapped and more plot would've been better.
The End- picks up alot of steam :) Collin and Nigel coming in was unexpected. The whole deal with Matthias was unexpected. What happens with Matthias at the very end... you're kind of glad, but mostly sad... something more conflicting than bittersweet. And the "showdown" at the end with Davina & Jim... I can't wait to find out how that plays out lol a good ending. A little rushed, but good. (less)
Just... everything about this was just... "really??" it's not the fact that AJ was haunted by his GGPa's ghost or anything... it's...moreehhh.....
Just... everything about this was just... "really??" it's not the fact that AJ was haunted by his GGPa's ghost or anything... it's just all corny and far fetched. A historian specializing on a specific person of history, taking all information from one single source with no other evidence? not to mention, all word of mouth? and historical accuracy being such a big focal point in a movie? Even I don't need to go into that... and AJ just didn't do it for me... And AJ's GGPa got annoying at times. The only character that was consistently entertaining was what's-her-face's friend, the publicist.
EHHHHH..... the graces I liked, the plot was okay, The relationship between Po and Katsa was alright as well... Honestly... the 3rd person narrator (n...moreEHHHHH..... the graces I liked, the plot was okay, The relationship between Po and Katsa was alright as well... Honestly... the 3rd person narrator (not the audiobook voice but the actual 3rd person naration) was just.... beyond juvenile, and considering the topics brought up this "Young Adult" book it doesn't jive well. If this becomes a series, I don't think I'll continue reading. (less)
soo sad! But so moving- it's not often that books leave me in tears. It's a biased review- very biased because the themes in this book closely relate...moresoo sad! But so moving- it's not often that books leave me in tears. It's a biased review- very biased because the themes in this book closely relate to my life (well obviously not the time traveling) but if you're looking for a dry-humor, heart warming, cozy love story... this is a safe bet.(less)