I am amazed that this novella is not rated more highly. Floored, in fact. It's such a well-written allegory for relationships in the modern world I doI am amazed that this novella is not rated more highly. Floored, in fact. It's such a well-written allegory for relationships in the modern world I don't understand why it didn't speak to more people. ...more
A novel that takes the romantic notion of "falling madly in love" and sets it in the reality of practical society with jaw-dropping twists and all theA novel that takes the romantic notion of "falling madly in love" and sets it in the reality of practical society with jaw-dropping twists and all the passion that such a romance evokes.
"The Dark Rose" by Erin Kelly is a page-turner of a wild ride. Told through two different perspectives and varying timelines, it is crafted with obvious care leaving just enough to keep your eyes glued to the page while giving plenty for you to lose yourself in the story. This novel definitely lives up to its promise of being a "brilliant new thriller". Not only are the events in "The Dark Rose" shrouded with palpable atmospheric mystery but within this fog are situated compelling characters from whom the readers will not be able to separate themselves. Try as you might, you can't help but to relate to Paul and Louisa as they submit to passionate, wild abandon in search for the kind of love that can be found only within the surreality of an Elizabethan garden.
The significance of the restoration of this garden in their story is so subtle yet roots it in a history of young lovers driven to insane acts in the throes of their desires. This is a novel about the feeling of invincibility that consumes us in our youths and the distortion it creates as it is projected onto the idea of romantic love as that which can conquer all. No deed is too despicable when one does it out of love--or, at least, that is what one can be led to believe.
This novel is a perfect thriller with all loose ends tied together in a satisfying conclusion. More than that, however, this novel is a shining example of wonderful storytelling with no detail insignificant and every sentence carrying the weight of purpose. I cannot praise it enough for that.
I will absolutely recommend this novel to anyone! Erin Kelly received critical acclaim with her first novel "The Poison Tree" and it is evident that she deserves it. I have not yet read her debut novel but after reading "The Dark Rose" I will certainly be adding it to my to-read list. ...more
Reading this for the second time. Hands down my favourite book of the entire series. It's even better the second time around. I didn't think that woulReading this for the second time. Hands down my favourite book of the entire series. It's even better the second time around. I didn't think that would've been possible.
Zsadist is the epitome of dark and damaged hero! ...more
Excellent novel! I fell in love with the well-rounded characters and their lives from the very beginning--particularly that of Newland Archer, who isExcellent novel! I fell in love with the well-rounded characters and their lives from the very beginning--particularly that of Newland Archer, who is a character one can so easily relate to, that I found myself hoping for his happiness simply because I saw so much of myself in him.
I will absolutely recommended it to everyone. ...more
Finally got around to finishing this book--which really says a great deal about what I thought about it. Despite being extremely excited for Strider aFinally got around to finishing this book--which really says a great deal about what I thought about it. Despite being extremely excited for Strider and Kaia's story I found this addition to the series to be anticlimactic.
Don't get me wrong; the romance story arc between Strider and Kaia was tons of fun as, one would expect, but the plot in this book does not connect well with the general plot of the series. In "The Darkest Surrender" Showalter sets aside the main antagonists thus far, the Hunters, so that the story can be set during the Harpy Olympics where an artifact is to be retrieved. Hunters do make a few appearances but none of them to really drive the plot. They were more like hurdles and served as a minor inconvenience.
That being said, the pace is pretty slow throughout the novel since there is no real urgency with the events taking place with gaps of days in between allotted for recovery.
All in all this is not the strongest book in the series but still a good read.
HOLY GODS ON OLYMPUS! D: PLEASE PUSH THE PUBLISHING DATE UP! PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE!
I can't wait to read Strider's story. I love how Showalter isn't bringing in another character but just working with one that has come into the fortress a little while back. I am soo excited! September seems like forever away....more
Where to begin with this one? Well, I did like this book. I thought it was an entertaining, light read. It wasn't great, though. The plot was not origWhere to begin with this one? Well, I did like this book. I thought it was an entertaining, light read. It wasn't great, though. The plot was not original--it's a tried and true fairytale (complete with dragons and damsels in distress, except in this case it was the heroine's brother who needed to be rescued).
The main love-story between Darius and Grace was plausible in the beginning but it plunges into the territory of ridiculous very quickly. And I mean QUICKLY. The characters were not rounded enough throughout the book to make any of the emotions--or anything about them, for that matter--real. The author sacrifices her character for the sake of fast paced narration. For the most part, with the slight exception of Darius, the characters were nothing more than names throughout the novel. They were very generic in a project-yourself-onto-them kind of way (especially for the main female protagonist).
Although the formation of convincing characters was overlooked in this book, I didn't feel that it suffered too much from it. Like I said, these are characters so familiar Showalter might as well have named them 'Quintessential Male Hero' and 'Slightly Flawed Yet Attractive Heroine' and the minor characters 'Atlantean Warrior #1', 'Human Thug #2', etc. The storyline was enjoyable because it is as familiar as its characters. The setting is one that isn't used often and it is a huge redeeming factor. It captures the imagination and makes the book worth reading.
If you are looking for something quick and fun, I would definitely recommend this to you. I read this during my commute on the subway and it was perfect to pass the time. I like it enough to want to read the other books in the series because I do have to do more commuting. As long as you don't take it too seriously and expect too much from it, you'll be fine.
If you're planning to pick up this book my only suggestion is to take it for what it is and enjoy it! It's like a catchy pop song. There's no deep message behind it but it's entertaining as hell. :)...more