**spoiler alert** As Linda Lael Miller said, this book is "luminously intelligent, beautifully written, a delightful blend of magic and mythos".
This**spoiler alert** As Linda Lael Miller said, this book is "luminously intelligent, beautifully written, a delightful blend of magic and mythos".
This book has ensnared me the moment i began with the prologue. Seriously this book is good. Cool classic english:D It can capture the attention of teenager like me and adults with a love for myths and legends, a little action and a mighty lot of love for romance; This book encompasses al my favourite features a book can have. For me, i like books that are set in fictitious worlds(tho this one's not fake...just..well..not here in the present world) with a little romance sprinkled in. If you're like me, you'll love this phenomenon of a book.
To me, Helen's beauty has sort of been the cause of her miseries in her gloriously eventful life. Her beauty and her regal lineage was the reason why her sister, Clytemnestra, and her friends ostrascized and excluded her; Her beauty was the cause of her being kidnapped by Theseus when she was only thirteen(i think..or 14?), which had led to her first heartbreak, and things like that. I can't really remember now that i've finished the book(cause this book is like cramped with so much info, i'm suffering from info-overload:/), but i distinctly had the impression that it caused her a lot of pain.
Anyway, Helen's like hadn't been a breeze at all even in childhood. Her father, King Tyndareus of Sparta, shunned her away because he felt betrayed by Queen Leda for having made love with Zeus when she didn't really have a choice. After which Leda hanged herself when Helen was only eight, and Leda was the only one that cared for her in earnest all her life, and now she was gone. She only had a friend because the rest of hte girls thought her a bastard child, and as i've said, she was kidnapped when she was 13/14, forced to leave Theseus when she was starting to fall in love with him, then forced into an arranged marriage to Menelaus of Mycenae.
I feel so wronged for Helen after reading this book. It gave me this whole new perspective of how the Trojan war had started, something like an alternative history. Many people believe and have thus despised Helen for causing the Trojan War to have ignited, but i don't agree. Helen was a victim of the Fates and the goddess Aphrodite, as much as her lover Paris Alexandros was, and as much as you and i. Helen's whole lofe was filled with so much sufferings and hate, yet all she ever wanted was to marry a man she loved and a happy marriage. Well, after meeting Paris, she finally experienced what true love was, but she couldn't marry him since she was already wife to Menelaus. But after much deliberations, she eloped with Paris. They were really and truly in love. However, stupid and barbaric people like King Agamemnon of Mycenae couldn't be satisfied with what wealth and power he already possessed and had set his eyes on Troy's Hellespont for years, so with the excuse(and i stress the word "EXCUSE") of the pride and honor of his brother, Menelaus, being sullied by Helen's infidelity, he launched an attack on Troy with the entire Aechaen archipelago(i have no idea what you call it actually) backing him up. So you see, it wasn't really Helen's fault. And anyway, way before Helen and Paris' meeting, the latter had this prophetic dream of Aphrodite saying that the most beautiful woman to have walked the earth would one day be his. Yes so i really advocate people to stop blaming Helen for what was not a deed done by her and was probably inevitable with or without her being the catalyst.
Anyhow, aside from all this depressing stuff, Amanda Elyot has just introduced to me a man that will forever be my ideal one- Prince Hector of Troy, beloved first son of King Priam and Queen Hecuba and heir to the Troyan throne. He is really one of the perfect-est man ever. Seriously, he's like the man for every woman. He is the Troyan's greatest and noblest warrior, he is the most devoted and loyal husband of Princess Andromache of Thebes(which is really, really rare as it is a customary practice for men then to have bedded many women), the best, most loving father i have ever heard and seen, the kindest friend and most caring and loving brother. He is perfect. Haha, for me anyway. Though my friends say it isn't right to fall in love with someone who is more than a hundred times older than me and dead, but i know he is very much alive(oh man this is cliche, but i'm gonna say it anyway) in my heart, and he has forever left his legacy in the Trojan War(being the bravest and kindest commander) and in the songs and poems of the bards:) And doesn't the saying goes, love transcends time or sth?haha. Usually in books, girls will like those male characters who are deep, quiet, brooding, reclusive, nice only to the girl he likes, those kind of stuff, well Hector is those fictitious characters come alive:)
Oh i am sort of amazed by how many ways Elyot can put across the word "sex". I can only remember 2 epic ones, one of them only vaguely because there were too many to track of. My favourite one was when Helen and Paris were in the bath right after Paris' and Menelaus' one-on-one combat nine years into the war:"...when i felt the greatest manifestation of his mortality pierce the soft flesh between my thighs...", and once:"...he worshipped my sex...". Cool, right(tho kinda disturbing)?
I was kinda shocked and really sad when Paris died(Big spoiler), especially the part where he was moaning for Oenone, who was his childhood lover, instead of Helen with his last gasps of life. Well, that was just plain tragic for Helen who was there.
Even tho Elyot said in her note that this story isn't real, i do believe that it really did happen. Well, there's the Trojan Horse if you want evidence, the prototype's in Troy now(i have no idea where's the real one). Like the Sky gods of Olympus, they will only exist if people believe in them. I do believe in that Hector, Helen, Paris, etc did roam this earth once and i do also believe that the Trojan War did happen, just like the Oddysey of Odyseus:)...more
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Can I just say that the cover is smoking! By gods, just look at it! Smoking, I tThis review was originally posted on abookaliciousstory.blogspot.com .
Can I just say that the cover is smoking! By gods, just look at it! Smoking, I tell 'ya. What's more, it has a story to match it. And even more, it has an entire to-die-for cast. Hey, what more can a girl ask for?
Well, let's see. Mairin Stuart is the bastard child of the previous King of Scotland's, and to prevent his child from being looked upon as an outcast and to secure her future, he bequeathed her a dowry that would make any man pee in his pants - Neamh Álainn. Lol, it'll probably make no sense to you, but it is land and supplies, times as many zeroes as you can ever imagine. At least that was what I gathered.. Anyway.
Because of this, Mairin is wary of any suitors and has been in hiding at this abbey in the lowlands since (if my memory doesn't fail me) the age of eleven. Everyday she prays that the infamously bloodthirsty and scheming Laird Duncan Cameron do not find her, and that she would one day meet a man that would love and cherish her, her and not the dowry that was her birthright. That man has to be strong and capable to protect her and their children from any who has set their sights on Neamh Álainn.
So, that's where our dear male protagonist comes into the story. Ewan McCabe, Laird of the McCabe clan in the highlands. After much adversities, Mairin somehow came under the care and protection of Ewan. But all is not well in the McCabe clan, and after Ewan hears of her true identity, he sets forth to wed her.
However, there's more to this novel than fancy romances and sexy highlanders (and boy, are they a sight to behold), much deception and betrayals come into play. For one, war is nigh with Cameron, and the McCabe clan still has much to do to restore and repair from the attack they suffered from Cameron eight years ago where their numbers and home were nearly entirely decimated. For two, Cameron is hell bent on taking Neamh Álainn as his own, and to do that is to consummate a marriage with and impregnate Mairin. And the acting King of Scotland is not on the McCabe's side..
Ms Banks, I'm sorry that my summary does not do your book any justice, but at least I'd tried!
But man, this book is good!
Mairin is a headstrong and independent woman, confident, disobedient (you should see how Ewan reacts whenever she disobeys his direct command. Hee-larious), compassionate, loyal, innocent, sweet, yeah and whatever. When she became mistress of the McCabe clan, she wanted to fulfil her duties as mistress, but she causes chaos wherever she goes! And it was real amusing how Ewan "bellows" (Mairin complains that Ewan likes to bellow overly much. LOL, in his face no less!) at her and has to do some damage control. But it isn't her fault, she's lived in an abbey for the most part of her childhood! But sometimes, her obstinacy and over-confidence sometimes irks me. But other than that, she's absolutely adorable and a perfect heroine.
Ewan. HAH, Ewan Ewan Ewan. You are a darling! He was such a hulking and terrifying man that Mairin kept backing up when they first met. He fights like a freaking warrior god, looks like a freaking underwear model with a photoshop-ed body, and has a freaking alpha possessive attitude when it comes to Mairin that I swear to whoever's listening, is worth a whole swoon-tastic day! Oh man, I want it to forever stay in his and Mairin's POV. They are just too sweet together. (You should see their coition scenes. Wow.)
The pace was fast, and towards the end, it was supersonic! It was so eventful, so amazingly filled with plot twists and turns, I could hardly stop to (I would say take a breath, but since I'm reading) rest my eyes! Every page was much more intriguing and suspenseful than the last, and when it started building up to the climax, my palms literally had cold sweat forming. Seriously engrossing and captivating.
This is my very first Maya Banks and highlander novel, and I'm sad to see how very much I was missing out on. I would definitely try out more of this genre, but I have to say that I am still a YA devotee.:D (But the book is seriously good, seriously. You have GOT to try it.)
When I first saw the excerpt of In Bed with a Highlander on Nalini Singh's blog, I was immediately enraptured and enthralled. And now, I think it is safe to say that Banks surely is one of those talented writers that can ensnare you with her writing. Two thumbs up!...more
It is the year 1793, and the war between the revolutionaries and the very sadly outnumbered counter-revolutionaries rages on.
Françoise Despres has beeIt is the year 1793, and the war between the revolutionaries and the very sadly outnumbered counter-revolutionaries rages on.
Françoise Despres has been thru one tragedy after another in quick succession. First, it was the death of her parents(who were minor noblemen) under the hands of street scums who are against aristocrats when she was four. She and her two elder brothers were adopted by her uncle who was a priest living in a church. Then came the deaths of her uncle and brothers by some pro-revolutionary mob, of which comprised of non-God-fearing men who stripped down the church of its possessions,at the same time tearing down the only place Françoise had called home in a long time. Yep, that was the last straw. When Renee, one of the most venerated soldiers in the counter-revolutionary army, rushed into the church and saved her terrified little ass. That was when she entered the counter-revolutionary army folds and became one o their top master spies.
Colonel Sebestian de Brézé is one of the most accomplished, bravest, and most compassionate soldier in the French revolution army(not to mention handsome, tall, skilled, and very sexy. yum, haha). Due to some "upstairs" political reason, his general, General Hoche, sent him around the country to round up insurgents and spies.
Sebestian corners Françoise in the misty forests of the Vendée one day, and there starts our protagonists' journey towards learning each other, accepting each other, and ultimately to fall for one another(badly).
Their love story wasnt a smooth one, oh no, it was terribly fraught with perils, both mortal and on the emotional level. For one, both of them are on the opposite sides of the war, and it was Sebestian's duty to bring Françoise to justice. They had to be wary of each other, constantly trying to see thru the other's lies.
When people found out about their feelings for each other, there came the betrayals and hardship for both our protagonists. So yep, there's the main problem to solve in the book laid out for you: how can these two headstrong enemies become a couple with both sides of the war hammering down on them, thinking both of them disloyal to each side of the cause?
The synopsis and book cover are deinitely winners. The beginning was captivating. But the ending was....disappointing.
Brown started the book by describing the dense Vendean forests where first our protagonists met. You've gotta admit, it was enchanting. I loved it. The chase was very original. Haha, no words to describe it. Françoise tried vaulting over a river but hit her head on a brach so Sebestian had to jump in to save her. Yes, the enemy saved her. That alone says a lot on our dear male protagonist already. He is utterly endearing and adorable. And it tells of a daring heroine who is definitely more than just a pretty little nobleman's daughter in frills and laces.
The brutality of the plots and schemes and the complexity of the political games makes the whole story even more believable. Françoise's people betrayed her to the revolutionaries, thinking her loyalty has already wavered after being seen with a "revolutionary scum" and that being neutralized now would be the best plan. She got captured and severely brutalized(she lost her vision in one of her eyes..yeah, that's how bad it got). It's good that Brown didnt hold anything back, cause it would just get impractical and all. Not only did the betrayal card play on Françoise, Sebestian was also betrayed by General Hoche, his long revered and respected idol. Ok, that was a big spoiler...wasnt it?
The romance part of it all started out nice and slowly. I really liked it that she didnt rush things thru, taking her time to fully develop the character's feelings for each other amidst the tumultous times. They were so sweet together. Oh man, such darlings! The way Brown set this relatonship in the beautiful French(the language of love, ma cheries!)-what do you call them..counties?-counties, creates an image in my head so beautiful that i just want to sink in and soak up all the love! haha, ok back to the story. It's also good that Brown didnt dwell too much on the sex part in the book(they only had it once), which contrasts to all those other books that make sex a vital role in relationships(i wonder why). It makes their love all the more sweet and romantic:)
I've said that Brown dragged out the romance nice and steadily right? It got real intense when they finally admitted their feelings for each other(that's where they made love..whoo.that was reeeaaal hot), but Brown just HAD to make the ending anti-climatical. It was like, building up the sexual tension..build..build...build, EXPLODE!! Then, ok im satisfied, bye bye. What, in the name of mine, is that? why why why why why?? When they got together, i literally sighed in happiness for them! Then came the Sebestian's departure for the next war. WHAT?! yeah that's the end. This reminds me of Odysseus. He had to go to this war which lasted for 10 years unwillingly, then had to sail thru hell another 10 years to return home. At least he had a happy ending. WHAT IS THIS?!?! I demand an enovella to explain what happened later!!:(( I hate separations, especially if it's at the end. It makes me so sad!! And i could really feel my heart constrict when Sebestian rode off to war. sigh..
Ok, now the ending. It was abrupt and awkward. Brown rushed thru it and left a lot of things unexplained. For example, she didnt mention how Françoise saved Sebestian's brother from capture; she didnt explain how the war ended; she didnt explain how General Hoche(good guy turned bad) and his partner-in-crime Robbespierre got into jail. It just kind of pops out on you and suddenly the The End's just there in the next page.
This is a fact-based novel. It seemed that many things listed and all really did happen in history, but it never got boring like it does in history lessons.
Overall comments: An intriguing plot. Witty, thrilling, captivating and non-stop action. The scenic descriptions was beautiful, the entirety of it was heartbreaking(did i phrase things right?sounds weird..but oh well). It was altogether really eventful, but the excitement and all dwindled down slowly. Still, i liked it, but because of the loopholes and unsatisfactory ending, i gave it a 3.5. If Brown could've encompassed a wider and more wholesome plot, i would've gladly gave it a 5....more
Update 3/12/2012: I've reread this book within a day today, and I think I seriously need to revise my rating for it... WATERFALL deserves a freaking 5Update 3/12/2012: I've reread this book within a day today, and I think I seriously need to revise my rating for it... WATERFALL deserves a freaking 5 stars, not 4.5!! It was FANTASTICAL, and I couldn't, for the life of me, leave the book for a second. One of the best books I've ever read.
A definite 4.5 stars. I've just done a review for a 1-star rating book and switching to a 4.5 is kind of disorienting and is like a whiplash, in a way. I'm digressing, sorry.
Gabriella 'Gabi' Betarrini is a pretty, brunette, American teen who's, at the start of the book, stuck with her mom who has a real passion for her job (which is archaeology), and her pretty blonde sister. On trips like these, Gabi always feel marginalised by her mom, making her feel like a child. And on this very special excavation, she has better plans for herself and her sister who likes to follow her around.
So when her mom was conveniently distracted, Gabi and sis (ok i should probably name her now), by the name Evangelia 'Lia' Betarrini, climbs into an ancient tomb and does some things inside (dont be lazy and go read this for yourself. Trust me, it's worth it) and gets transported thru time. Somehow, during the ride back thru time, the sisters got separated and once there, Gabi sets off to find Lia and together, find a way back home.
*Major spoiler alert from here on out!* You've been duly cautioned... Tho i must say the below are really just my idle musings.
Gabi was a strong-willed, actually iron-willed would be more fitting, courageous, smart, loyal, list goes on, girl. Wow, she is some female-tiger. In a good way. In a very good way. I loved her (not the lesbian love, ew - not that im against it). She's just....... I really like her personality.:)
Male protagonists Marcello and Luca. They are handsome (ok which YA male protagonists arent nowadays?), skilled in combat, and real sweet. Even tho Marcello's the main dude here, i preferred Luca with his easy, charming attitude, but you can see deep down that he doesnt just possess the brawns, but the brains that defines him as perfecto with the pop at the p. I really, really liked Luca.:)
I shall go according to what i felt in chronological order, starting from whence i begun the book.
Initially when the girls first arrived at the excavation site in present-day Italy, the first thing that came to Gabi's mind was on finding hot and unattached Italian guys. Ok that, for me, was a major turn off point, but it was only the starting so i just tried to forget it and continue.
After being transported thru time to Fourteenth-Century Italy, she sees structures dedicated to Christ. When she saw said structures (ok the phrasing here is gonna get tricky so as not to offend any...religious folks out there), she said some things that i thought were rather anti-Christ. Well, I'm not Christian, but i thought it was offensive. But of course it didnt continue; She even ended up believing in God in the end. Lol,ok not a major point in this book.
Ending: She sustained this fatal wound and a terrible illness which at that time was still incurable. So the only solution that they could think of was to time travel back to the present in which advance technology was within reach. (view spoiler)[But somehow when they got back, Gabi was miraculously ay-okay. (hide spoiler)] Well that's a convenient end, al' right.
One last random musing before i wrap up. Why is the title of this book WATERFALL? I mean, it does match the name of the series but there is no link whatsoever that i can find between it and the story. Which is weird.
Overall, i found this book oddly engrossing, i could hardly put the book down! Even tho it did get a little childish/immature at some points, but it still captivated me, heart and soul(woah, kind of exaggerating but you get the point). It was a beautiful novel and i cannot wait to start on CASCADE, book 2 in the River of Time series. Cheers!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
From the very moment i picked up this book, i was like:
Seriously, it is that good. That is also why i've put off writing this review. I'm afraid of myFrom the very moment i picked up this book, i was like:
Seriously, it is that good. That is also why i've put off writing this review. I'm afraid of my inability to fully justify how good this book was.
I devoured this book. Literally. The first book didnt impress me much, more of, "oh okay, im done. Move on". Y'know? But this..This is a stunning novel that far surpassed its predecessor. A phenomenal book just short of a miracle.
*I must warn you i am wont to being a little over-spoilery. So if you dont want to be spoiler-ed, skip my summary:)*
This book picks up right where WATERFALL left off, where Gabi and Lia tries to convince their mom to time travel back with them to medieval Italia. Their mom was skeptical at first(uh, duh), but was willing to take the leap anyway. Because both girls dont know how to control how many years to rewind, they ended up months after they left.
It was kind of funny how Gabi fret over how much time has passed. The scene goes like this:
"Let's hope it's the same year," Lia said, sliding her bow over her shoulder. My heart paused and then pounded at her words. What if I was off by a year or more? What if Marcello was no longer a guy about my age, but rather a middle-aged man? I shivered. That would be…awkward.Loll
Anyway, shortly after their sweet(and i mean sweeet) reunion, the entire Siena population got wind of it and are in celebrations. So the trio(Gabi, Lia, and mom) are carted off to Siena where they will be hosting lavish feasts and whatever they wanted.
(ok this isnt a major part of the book but i MUST mention it. Or rather..him) GRECOOOOOOOO. There, at the ball-cum-feast, she met Lord Rodolfo Greco. Good guy, smart guy, hot guy. Perfecto.
Anyway, yes, there she met a few people, some old, some new friends, and one old enemy - Paratore. Something happened between them and off they go home. On the way back, they met with someone who has been infected by the bubous plague, which would ultimately lead to the Black Plague 5 years later in 1338(or sth). To not spread this contagious disease, they fled to an isolated middle-of-nowhere place and settled down. But not long after their arrival, the Firenze army closes in on them, unprotected and unawares...
Actually, that's not the end of it but it'll be too long if i really summarise the entire novel. That's testimony to how truly eventful it was. Mindblowing-ly awesome, i swear.
Gabi is such a courageous, loving, and beautiful lady. You can really see her grow and mature into a true lady at court, ready to lead and well..give speeches. Her speeches are really cool. One quality that i really lack. I'm digressing.
Oh man, and the love between her and Marcello is sweet and romantic. They're protective of each other and their banters! Oh their banters! They totally rock my socks.
There's a new character in this one, and lots of potential. It is a one Lord Rodolfo Greco. Greco Greco Greco, your name sounds like a frog, but your demeanor is far, FAR from it. Your looks too(hubba hubba). Anyway, he is Fiorentini, but he takes care of Gabi tenderly when she was captured(oh did i just spoiler you?oops. oh well), and he's dialogues are filled with depth and..oh swoon. You'll love him:). Really hope to see more of him in TORRENT!
There was lots more humor in this one. Definitely more humor. I heard the dull sound of a metal latch unhooking, and a door opening behind a moth-eaten tapestry in front of me. Dude. This is SO Nancy Drew. And Harry Potter. Nancy Potter.
One teeeeeensy weeeeeeensy thing that i thought wasnt right was that after Person A was starved and dehydrated for 2 days straight, how can Person A walk and swim? Moreover fight? That's....not right. No one's superman, yo, except superman.
Bergren's writing techniques weave an enchanting story, much more elegant, grand and beautiful than the last. And when it comes to the romantic part..Ahh..How love soars through the air with abundance of pretty pink frills and lacesXD. Pardon my gay-ness, i am but just celebrating my joy of having read another fantasticle book. Oh and that frills and laces sentence wasnt a quote. That was just my lame attempt at expressing my gay-ness.
Anyway, add to that, the plot and storyline was jam-packed with action and suspense, there was never a dull moment throughout.
After reading for so long, i was still like:
And at the end, i was like:
Bottomline: I have no higher praise for this book....more
I devoured this book. You can see the chew and claw marks on my copy; It's just so utterlOriginally posted at A Bookalicious Story.
I loved it. Period.
I devoured this book. You can see the chew and claw marks on my copy; It's just so utterly... Wow. I am lost for words. Bergren has yet again delivered a masterpiece of a novel. Well done!
Gabi, her sister, Lia, and their mother escaped the battle raging on in olden time Italia to race back to their own time to save Gabi's dad. They succeeded. Duh, lol.
Anyway, after they rescued him, Gabi is anxious to return to her beau's, one Lord Marcello Forelli, side, but because of the unpredictable River of Time (the handprints in Tomb 2), they were thrust back 1 year after they left... And to what? Castello Forelli now under the rule of Firenze and the evil Lord Cosmo Paratore...
Not only that, after being reunited with Marcello and Lia with Luca (that scene is one sweeeet moment), they had to travel to a neutral state to negotiate the terms of release for Fortino, Marcello's brother who has endured one year of torture under the barbaric Firenze's hands, surviving only because of Lord Rodolfo Greco's (my man) continual interference. Surviving, but barely.
Once there, the neutral state turned out to be not so neutral (lol), and so Gabi has a choice to make: to go to Firenze as a prisoner, or to go there as the intended bride of Lord Greco - whom I would like to remind, is one of Firenze's leaders.
It's hard to think of him as barbaric like the rest of his brethren, what with all the hotness and awesomeness and charm oozing out of the pages..Haha, now I sound so gay and girlie. Blueargh. But yes, he is Gabi and Marcello's enemy.
I have to say this again - I loved it; Every single minute of it, tho I thought that it ended too soon and too quick. I wanted more, I craved more of it.. Sigh, I know I know, like everything else, all good things have to come to an end.. Stupid nature law.
Bergren managed to incorporate threefolds more suspense and action, more challenges and obstacles that at one point, Gabi almost lost her marbles. Like seriously lose it. She went screaming and running away from Marcello and her family kind of crazy. But apart from the crazy side of things, there were more romance and heartbreak, sweet moments and times where you just felt like smashing your face into the pages so that you can also be transported there to experience what the characters are experiencing.
There is this one part I find that I must quote. And must you guess who's spotlight moment that is? It is my one and only froggy (in case you haven't read my previous reviews for WATERFALL and CASCADE, I really think the name Greco sounds like a frog..)!
This quote is going to be long..Approximately 1 page worth of text, but totally worth the typing.
Quote: [Gabi is talking to Rodolfo, a few hours before their forced nuptials.]
(view spoiler)[" The knock at my door made me jump in surprise. Hurriedly, I closed the shutters and went to the door and cautiously opened it a crack. Rodolfo. With the guard behind him.
His lips parted, and his eyes widened in wonder. He shook his head a little, "M'lady...you are exquisite."
I fought the urge to stare back at him. Because he appeared more the Roman god than ever, all six feet of him, his olive skin glistening with oils beneath his white toga, tied at the waist. A ring of greenery around his hair. And the smell of him--perfumes of sandalwood and spice...
I paused at the fruit bowl and lifted a tiny apple to take a bite, hearing the door shut behind him and feeling his approach more than hearing it. He was silent. Stealthy. How did he do that?
He put his broad hands on my shoulders and then dragged them downward, terribly, beautifully, painfully slowly, across several inches until they rested on my upper arms, skin against skin. I could feel the warmth of his chest behind me, and I closed my eyes, trying to summon the strength to move away, to break this trance I seemed to be in. But he was pulling me closer, silently asking my permission. Letting his left hand run down the length of my arm, entwining his fingers with mine, wrapping both our arms in front of my waist. I could feel his breath past my ear. Felt him hold it a moment, then pick up speed, full of desire. His lips, soft and warm, pressed into my temple, then moved down toward my jaw. Each kiss sent delicious shivers down my spine, down my arms. "Gabriella," he moaned, each word a warm huff upon my skin. He leaned his face against mine, heavy, as if weak. "Forgive me, I cannot help myself. I want you. Want you for my own. Be my wife. Be mine." " (hide spoiler)]
If you're wondering why they're in togas, it's because they're getting married in Roma, so they have to follow their customs and all. But isn't he just delicious?? Lol. Ok, I should tone down on the pervy-ness.
But if you're fuming at Gabi for two-timing, rest assure, she pushed him away. Sigh, that's why I didn't continue typing. But Rodolfo helped her escape in the end..Know why? Cause he's the self-sacrificing one, the loyal friend who gave his heart to his friend's girl. Which is sad.
There was much more Christianity stuff inbued here, more than WATERFALL and CASCADE. I was fine with it, I mean, it made Gabi stronger, wiser, and ultimately more mature, AND I guess olden time peeps are all more into religion, so it made it more believable. But it did get rather cheesy sometimes, especially when Gabi started spouting some life philosophies. But it was fine, very inspiring and all.
All in all, I loved the adrenaline-pumping action, the schemes, deception, and suspense. I loved the courage and bravery of the now-united Betarrini family. I loved the colorful, beautiful world of olden Italia. And most of all, I loved the sweet romance infused within its pages. It was an utterly delightful ride down the river of time together with a wonderful cast of characters. In a way, it was a bittersweet reading process because I knew that this would mark the end of our journey with them, but one that I would most happily embark upon again in the near future (which is after my stupid, stupid exams >:( ).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I can't help but be miffed about Will's insensitivities. T'was a great book, but it doesn't get to end with that $^%$%#$%#%& of an ending!!!! ButI can't help but be miffed about Will's insensitivities. T'was a great book, but it doesn't get to end with that $^%$%#$%#%& of an ending!!!! But no matter, I have the next book in hand and I'm starting it NOW. :D
It isn't uncommon for the premise of books such as The Mermaid's Knight to be thought ofOriginally posted on A Bookalicious Story.
It isn't uncommon for the premise of books such as The Mermaid's Knight to be thought of as "Cliche", "Childish", and "Totally not worth the time". Well, ok I have to admit that: Cliche? Yes. Childish? A liiiittle bit. Totally not worth the time? Utter bullshit. Cause this book had my completely under its thrall throughout the reading process. It was, and is, THAT good. Hence, I was shellshocked.
Just a brief summary before I continue with my shellshocked ramblings - Leah died. It was a rather wronged way to go - drunk driver crashed into her, she died, he didn't. So while she was floating in the alternate dimension, her fairy godmother appeared.
Muffin is a plump, jovial woman. A little eccentric, but still possesses a genial disposition. She admitted that the accident was all her fault for not paying enough attention, and so grants her a second chance at life. Catch is (there will always be a catch. NO FREE LUNCH IN THIS WORLD!): She has to make a guy in another time and place fall in love with her - Fairytale-style.
So Muffin decides that Leah would take after Ariel in The Little Mermaid. Leah will be turned into a mermaid, and while she's on land as a human, she won't be able to talk. What's worse is that her intended target, one Lord Royce Northcliffe, is a weather-bitten, war-hardened warrior who doesn't indulge in things such as love. So how, oh how, will poor, mute-when-human Leah seduce old Royce's granite heart?
Well, I'm still reeling from the shock of having fallen in love with this book.. For one, I'm not big on the whole happy-gayness novels with an easy plot which I can breeze thru in no time. Nuh uh, no can do. But the thing is, this book, tho cliche in general, do have the elements of surprise that kept my eyeballs freaking glued to its pages. I assumed that this book would be very predictable, but Myles just kept the surprises rolling in, and I really liked that a lot.
Leah and Royce together, were just simply adorable. The suspicious nature of our dear warrior definitely did hinder their relationaship from progressing much, but well, it did liven up the atmosphere sometimes. For example when Leah was first found naked on shore (and subsequent times too), Royce was totally unamused to find, at that time he assumed to be, his enemy's leman or wench, or simpy, his prostitute, on his shore. So he immediately thought her a spy and was all macho-man, "What the hell are you doing here, girl?" Ok, not direct quote, but you get the point. And she fainted. LOL. So he threw her over his shoulder and carried her to camp. Wrapped in a cloak like a burrito.
The, um, I can't really say banters since Leah can't talk, but their exchanges are hilarious. I absolutely enjoyed them. Y'know, the fact that Myles could make it so engaging is phenomenal in itself. One party of the conversation can't freaking talk, for god's sake! But she did it. Oh, and I think she kinda made up for it by showing us what Leah was thinking in place of any verbal responses, so yep, it was still like a conversation. But whenever Royce said something Leah thought was ridiculous, Leah would stamp on his feet. It was real sweet. Haha. Albeit a little gay, but sweet all the same.
This book...is it under adult fiction or Young Adult? Um, it is childish in a YA way, but the sexuality of it is definitely adult fiction. Tho a LITTLE bit more childish than YA at the beginning (the rest was fine!), and a LITTLE bit less porny than adult fiction, so... To each his own.:)
To sum it all up, I am still shocked. Shocked that such a cliche fairytale story can be twisted and rewritten so well where all others have failed (and it wasn't because of the lack of attempts); Shocked that, well, I fell badly for such a gay story - but not the point; Shocked that the plot and storyline could be handled so well even when so much other problems were brewing in the background - made it all the more exciting that it's so eventful; Shocked that Myles could've made a mute's conversation so entertaining. List goes on. But all in all, I loved the story.
P.S. It kinda reminds me of The River of Times series because of the travelling back in time and falling for a lord of some castle, and Kathryn Lasky's Daughter of the Sea series which features women who can turn into mermaids when they come into any bodily contact with water. So, if you're a fan of either one, why not try this one?...more