Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The paranormal side (vampire society) was promising,...moreOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on May 30th 2014:
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The paranormal side (vampire society) was promising, and there were interesting lines drawn, but since this is part of a serial there couldn’t have been an overwhelming lot of worldbuilding done. What was done was interesting and promising. Characters: Angelica and Reyes were interesting, and at the cost of repeating myself, had potential. Sadly I didn’t respond at all to either of them, I didn’t feel the chemistry between them, and without any investment in either of the characters, there was little to fall for, sadly. Plot: The story is interesting, and I think I would have been very into it if my reaction to the characters would have been better. Of course as a part of a serial, it ends right when it gets interesting, but that’s part of appeal of the concept, I think – the tension buildup between installments, right? Writing: Third person narrative, past tense, his/her POV. Curb Appeal: Hot cover, hooking blurb, and I really like the upfront, transparent trope.
All in all, this wasn’t a bad read as much as a strange non-event between me and both main characters. I can’t say what it was that didn’t click, there wasn’t anything I got a clear sense of disliking, which only made the overall effect all the more confusing. I wouldn’t want to read this particular serial because clearly I’m not responding to the characters, but I’d wanna try any of the other titles in the series because everything else – worldbuilding, plot, and writing showed great potential.(less)
Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: Spectacular fantasy world building, complete with different kingdoms, magic elements, shifters – muuuch awesome. Characters: I will admit I clicked with Andi from the beginning. It’s easy to identify with her, she’s not the beautiful sister or the strong, athlete star – she’s the invisible one, something of an outcast. All those things separating her from her family end up helping her feel like she belongs somewhere else, but I’m not spoiling it for you. Sufficient to say Andi is strong, she faces danger quite well on her own, she manages to work well in a team – she’s a real survivor and I loved and respected her for not losing her vulnerability and ability to love. Rayfe, king of the Tala, was of course a total heart-throb. Jeffe Kennedy hits it just right for me with her heroes every single freakin’ time, and she had me squirming with Rayfe as well. Everything about him, from the way he makes his entrance into the story, to the way he behaves until the very end, had me loving him to bits. There’s this sort of darkish vibe about him, I’d say subtle, and it works purrfectly to keep you guessing and tense and itching to find out how it all ends. The Andi / Rayfe couple was awesome, lots of tension, awesome chemistry, hot, hot, hot chemistry to be more precise, hot one on one, and their relationship evolved awesomely. Plot: I loved the story outside of the romance, the whole Tala world was entirely fascinating and totally bewitching. I loved the pace of the action and honestly can’t see how this might have been a better reading experience. Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Andi’s POV. Spectacular storytelling, worldbuilding and relationship-building, as I’ve come to expect from Jeffe Kennedy. Curb Appeal: Awesome cover, hooking blurb, instant must have author name = instant buy.
All in all, this was the purrfect fantasy romance and I’m dying to read the next two novels in the series.(less)