So bored! I couldn’t finish this book because I was so bored. Even the action scenes, or what passed as action scenes in this book, were written in suSo bored! I couldn’t finish this book because I was so bored. Even the action scenes, or what passed as action scenes in this book, were written in such a dry tone that all of the suspense was leached right out of the words.
It didn’t help that I know next to nothing about gambling in general and even less about baccarat. Bond’s brief explanation of the rules of the game just added to my growing confusion. I think I could have picked up the rules from reading about Bond’s game with Le Chiffre, but I couldn’t understand any of the calls because they were in French. Seriously, include a translation, not all of us can read French. Since I couldn’t figure out what was going on, I thought the very long baccarat game was extremely boring, with a capital ‘b’. I only read a bit more after the game ended and when things didn’t pick up I dropped the book.
Another thing that bothered me about the book was the lack of explanations. It seemed to me that the author expected his reader to be completely familiar with world events during the book’s timeline. This is a reasonable expectation for a contemporary book, not so much for a book published over fifty years ago. I am no idiot when it comes to world history, but I am not a history buff either, so some explanations would have been appreciated.
Honestly, I think I will stick to watching James Bond do his thing on the big screen from here on out. ...more
I am shocked that I made it though this entire book; theRating for the first half of the book: 4 stars
Rating for the second half of the book: 2 stars
I am shocked that I made it though this entire book; the second half of the book was gag worthy. I decided to buy this book because I was intrigued by the premise. A four hundred old mystery, the murder of a best friend, a boyfriend accused of said murder who has disappeared, and lets not forget a trip to Prague to piece together the clues, how could I have resisted just a juicy sounding book? Just another example of “Don’t judge a book by its description.”
The book started very well. Nora appeared to be a strong, capable female main character, with a nice sense of humor. I especially liked her proficiency with Latin, my personal choice when it comes in foreign languages. Yes, I know it is “dead”, but it is still cool. The descriptions of the two couples were cute and romantic. But, what really interested me was the letters that Nora was assigned to translate, each one revealed a little more about the mystery.
The first half of the book is equivalent to a flashback explaining the events leading up to Chris’ murder. After Nora discovers the body, she soon heads off to Prague and the book goes down hill from there. I cannot explain a lot of the reasons why I hated the second half of the book without spoilers, but I will try my best. First off, from the very first page, Robin Wasserman put a heavy emphasis on foreshadowing and hints. In my experience, if an author tries hard to make you think one thing, the complete opposite is true; so, I knew who killed Chris about three-fourths of the way through the book. Subtle, this book was not! Another thing that bugged me about the sound half was Nora’s transformation; she turned into a whinny damsel in distress, enough said.
On a slightly unrelated topic, it was interesting to compare Nora’s descriptions of Prague with the descriptions in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Nora seemed off put by the city, calling it “alien” and describing how run down it looked. On the other hand, Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone focuses on the beauty and history of the city. I am not trying to say one description is better than the other, I just haven’t read a lot of books placed in Prague so the discontinuity in the descriptions was intriguing.
To sum up this review, don’t read this book. It is not worth the money or time. ...more
I don’t know why, but in the beginning this book reminded me of Jumper by Steven Gould. The comparison didn’t last long.
This book has an interestingI don’t know why, but in the beginning this book reminded me of Jumper by Steven Gould. The comparison didn’t last long.
This book has an interesting premise, time travel without all of those headache inducing paradoxes. Seriously if you don’t believe fictional time travel can induce headaches, you must read Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card. But I digress. Jackson Meyer, the main character of Tempest, finds out that he can time travel. He tells his best friend and they start running experiments to see how far the ability take them. Then one day two mysterious men show up in his girlfriend's room and shoot her. In a panic Jackson jumps back in time to 2007 and gets stuck. Thus begins the mother of all headaches, no not from the time travel, but from Jackson’s pure stupidity. Seriously, I have no idea how I made it thought the whole book, Jackson makes one mistake after another and he never seems to learn from them. First off, he totally blows his cover story (he made up a lame story about how he is in New York when his 2007 self should be in Spain) and then he starts stalking his present day girlfriend two years before they are supposed to meet. I won’t go into too many details in case someone actually wants to read this book, but the bottom line is that there are a lot of things that don’t add up in this book especially as the plot gets more complicated.
The last thing I want to say about this book is that the writing and the descriptions really tested my ability to believe, some of the concepts were just too hokey even for science fiction. Save your throat, don’t read this book because if you do you will scream yourself hoarse at the main character. ...more
This book reminded me a lot of The Thief Lord, with older characters and without a magic carousel. Wally is kind of like Scipio, in that they both comThis book reminded me a lot of The Thief Lord, with older characters and without a magic carousel. Wally is kind of like Scipio, in that they both come from good, rich families but prefer life on the streets. Wally, unlike Scipio, has taken fully to street life and has cut almost all ties with her previous life.
The first part of Dark Eyes was actually very good. William Richter did a good job describing how hard Wally and her friends’ lives on the streets while at the same time exploring the sense of freedom such a life can give some people. Definitely not one of the darker descriptions of how bad it can be on the streets, the descriptions nevertheless made a lasting impression on me. To be honest, the ease with which Wally and her friends manage to survive seemed a bit hokey, but the story’s focus wasn’t on the hardships of street life, so I was able to overlook the inconsistency.
Midway through the book the story became very dark. Wally’s long lost father comes back looking for the treasure Wally’s mother stole from him. He will literally do anything to retrieve the treasure including killing. This made the last part of the book very depressing. Now, I do not mind depressing as long as there is a happy ending, unfortunately the book’s ending did not make up for everything that came before.
I personally cannot recommend this book due to my dislike of depressing books, but it does not necessary mean it is a bad book. ...more
First things first, I want to make something very clear, I absolutely love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, so if you don’t like her work you pr
First things first, I want to make something very clear, I absolutely love Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series, so if you don’t like her work you probably won’t agree with this review. Darkness Dawns and the Dark Hunter series share some common themes. For one thing they are both about semi-vampires who protect the human race from evil. For another thing, both the Immortals and the Dark Hunters have a powerful, mysterious leader who has powers far beyond those of his followers.
All of that having been said, I really did not like this book. I did finish it in a vain hope that the story would improve, but unfortunately it did not. In all respects, the Dark Hunter series is superior; in my opinion there was nothing about this book to set it apart. First off, the Immortals leader, Seth, sucked; he was completely clueless. Ok, so I should go easy on him because he isn’t an immortal god like, Ash, but still he made a huge mistake. Second, this book started out with an interesting plot that boiled down to basically nothing in the end. Seriously, as soon as the main characters had sex for the first time it seemed like that is all they did for the rest of the book. The conclusion, if you can even call it that, was squeezed in at the very end, and honestly it fizzled out pretty quick. As for the character development, there really wasn’t any. The main characters didn’t seem to carry very much baggage. Of course the guy had some trust issues, but he seemed to get over those quickly.
Ok so this might just be me, but the one thing that really bugged me about this book was the vegan vampire thing. Basically, the virus that makes them immortal, requires that they eat naturally. All fine and good, but they played in up so much that I started feeling guilty about what I was eating at the time. Now when a girl can’t enjoy a slice of pizza because of a book, then we have problems.
All in all, a terrible book; I will not be buying any sequels. If you like paranormal romance don’t read this book, go find a Dark Hunter book, you will enjoy it far more.