As engaging and appropriately creepy as the overall plot was, I ended up putting this book down when I was roughly 120 pages in. I haven't read any ofAs engaging and appropriately creepy as the overall plot was, I ended up putting this book down when I was roughly 120 pages in. I haven't read any of Hill's other work, but if this is anything to go by then I certainly won't do so in the future. Hill has a problem that I have occasionally seen from other male writers in that he treats his female characters very badly. I lost count of how many times all the female characters, including the adolescent protagonist, were referred to by three of the most hated female-oriented insults (starting in b-, w-, and c-, respectively). All of the female characters were insulted and insulted each other in this fashion repeatedly. The stopping point for me was when the aforementioned protagonist, in a moment of teen angst, temporarily considers performing sexual acts on random strangers she passes by in a park. Apparently this is how Hill portrays a teenager when they're 'acting out'. Now, I understand that teenagers will occasionally act out when they are upset or dealing with situations like divorce, but this was ridiculous. The widespread treatment and portrayal of women in this book is insulting and completely unrealistic. ...more
I'll admit up front that I'm a Bad Reader. I skipped around in this collection in order to read the stories about the characters that I'm particularlyI'll admit up front that I'm a Bad Reader. I skipped around in this collection in order to read the stories about the characters that I'm particularly interested in. To that end, this volume includes some fantastic insight into some of the side-line characters of the Mercy Thompson books, including several of my favorite: Ben and my favorite couple in the series (next to Mercy and Adam of course) Warren and Kyle. If you're interested in any of them, then I think the book is worth buying just for their stories alone. What an amazing chance to get inside their heads. In each of their respective narratives, I could feel Ben and Warren's individual voices and perspective clear as a bell.
This collection also included a Mercy-centered short story that was pretty light and fluffy, but entertaining nonetheless.
I highly recommend this for any fan of the Mercy Thompson verse. ...more
This was such a disappointment to me. I got all excited over the synopsis of a fantasy novel where the protagonist is a woman who's both warrior and kThis was such a disappointment to me. I got all excited over the synopsis of a fantasy novel where the protagonist is a woman who's both warrior and king, and the lesbian romance has two of my guilty pleasure tropes: hurt/comfort and reluctance to be romantically involved. I was fully prepared to love this book.
Unfortunately it was apparent right off the bat that the writing is just sub par. Bashe clearly has a vision to share and a story to tell, but in its current state I found this to be unreadable.
If you're considering reading this book, then do yourself a favor and check out the preview of the first couple of pages that Amazon offers under their 'Look Inside' feature. That'll show you the level of writing in this book, and you can make your mind up for yourself. ...more