I was recommended this novel through one of the group book challenges I participated in, and I saw that it was pretty much a ton of my favourite genre...moreI was recommended this novel through one of the group book challenges I participated in, and I saw that it was pretty much a ton of my favourite genres rolled into a book. So I thought, ‘Awesome! I’ll probably get this done before supper.’ I was so wrong. Unfortunately, I had so many facepalm and eyeroll moments that it took me a week to finish reading a novel that I would have normally taken only half a day finishing. The story was predictable, unrealistically simplistic, the love reminded me of crack Twilight fanfiction (well, actually a lot of the novel reminded me of that), and I was a little irked by some of the Japanese details since I love the Japanese culture (I mean, ‘aurigato’, really?).
His Beautiful Samurai is about the somehow-but-never-explained-very-powerful psychic John Holmes and Inspector Toshiro Genjin, who is trying to solve a mysterious serial murder case where couples are found impaled by a samurai sword. Thus, the murderer is called the ‘Ronin’ killer, meaning a rogue samurai.
The novel really stays true to its title in that there are numerous flowery descriptions of how beautiful the main characters are. While reading the novel it felt like the characters were describing how beautiful each other was every second page (it wasn’t that frequently, but it sure felt like I was constantly having descriptions shoved down my unwilling throat). I usually don’t mind insta-love if the novel is written well, but this beat cliché out of the ballpark.
Angsting was also quite prevalent. There are quite a few times where the main characters are so woefully fatigued, stressed, and depressed by the whole unsolved murdering spree that they seem to be on the end of their leash. John also makes talking about how weird he is his personal motto. I can’t remember how many times he angsted about how weird and creepy he was and how accepting Toshi was of him and his powers. It was as if they’d never had or seen anything worse happen in their lives, especially with Toshi’s background as a cop and John’s background as a former military operative (now with PTSD, which the author made sure to make us remember) who had already gone through many unsolved (probably murder) cases using his special abilities.
All in all, if you’re looking for a brainless read, feel free to give His Beautiful Samurai a try.
Narration (★★) ○ Third person narrators ○ Mainly from Toshi and John’s POV ○ The writing itself wasn’t absolutely terrible, but there were just too many unnecessary flowery descriptions Characters (★) ○ Weak, angsty, 2-dimensional beauty kings ○ Secondary characters were also 2-dimensional and with one-minded personalities ○ Minor characters were also flat, all-accepting, and as unimportant as dust on the road Setting (★) ○ 2d Japan that didn’t really feel like Japan with at least some inaccuracies that even I could recognize with my limited Japanese knowledge Plot (★) ○ Simple and predictable Overall (★★) ○ I was tempted to give it 1 star, but a part of one of the sex scenes was sorta hot so I gave it two.(less)
Found out about this novel through a recommendation from the M/M Romance group April pick-it-for-me challenge. Promises was absolutely adorable and sw...moreFound out about this novel through a recommendation from the M/M Romance group April pick-it-for-me challenge. Promises was absolutely adorable and sweet. The novel had nice female characters, a slow, attractive romance, and Jared was a sweet narrator. Though Matt was tentative about his sexuality in the beginning, I loved his strong determination and train-like persistence in his decisions. Overall, I adored the book and will probably read the next in the series sometime in the future.(less)
I was actually quite disappointed in this sequel to In the Flesh by Ethan Stone. I had come to enjoy Christian’s lively and snarky narration and thoug...moreI was actually quite disappointed in this sequel to In the Flesh by Ethan Stone. I had come to enjoy Christian’s lively and snarky narration and thoughts when I read the first in the series, but somehow much of it (including Colby and everyone else’s screen time) was lost in the sequel. Christian is still as snarky and impulsive as ever, but he hardly gets the chance to show his personality with everything that happens in the course of the novel (and by everything it felt as if it was raining from Siamese cats and Pomeranians to dildos and gummy bears with the amount of stuff that actually happened in the course of Flesh and Blood).
This second novel begins with Christian and Colby at the wedding of Colby’s younger brother. Colby’s brother Ted has a problem with Christian. Colby tells his brother off for being stupid. Problem solved and flushed down the proverbial toilet of no return or further thought. The rest of the novel practically follows in these exact same footsteps. There’s a problem, it gets solved, now let’s move on. Another problem comes up and it gets solved, moving on. A ton of problems pop up and they all pretty much get solved with a tidy knot and a pleasant toodledo, and we move on to the next thing. The only problem that doesn’t get solved is the last random kick in the groin that runs away laughing until your kindly neighbourhood angel drops by to sprinkle some spearmint flavoured fairy dust to sooth the really random pain. It felt as if the novel got into such a trend that once it reached around the same amount of pages as the last book it just snipped the line and said ‘So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu, Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu~ dum de de dum dum dum.”
There was just too much that happened in this novel that there was no time to flesh out the overall plot. It really was as if I was reading a play by play of all the action that was happening and I had no time to see the players in the story as anything other than blurs that whipped by and left the stage.
I just wished that the plot of Flesh and Blood could have been fleshed out properly (ha ha unintended pun). It would have been nice to have one focus that was more slowly uncovered, investigated, and solved rather than the big hodgepodge of events that this novel came to be.(less)