God-It kills me that I wasn't able to embrace the final book in this series, because I really loved the first, and I really liked the second book A LOGod-It kills me that I wasn't able to embrace the final book in this series, because I really loved the first, and I really liked the second book A LOT! Unfortunately, the final book that tells the story of Dante's quest for a soul, was kinda soulless itself.
I can't really stand stories that have the framework of a treasure hunt game--It's tedious and repetitive, and not usually a lot of fun. Plus, we'd already done it in the second book, 'ya know. Why did we have to do it again?!? I found myself thinking, "Are we there yet"!
For once it would have been nice to read from Dante's perspective--That might have helped freshen up the story. And alas, the romance was gone! Aside from some brief, short-lived sparks, we got nothin'.
In the second book, Woon had come up with all these great stories about the sisters, and the brothers, and lost love, and it was complicated, but it was kinda brilliant. Unfortunately, I could barely remember any of it by the time this final book came out. Anyway, I was hoping for some more stories like that, or for at least the revelations concerning Renee's grandfather and the order to be a bit more exciting, and not so simple. It was like, "Where's the great scandal?!? Where's the drama?!? The surprises weren't really all that surprising either. Even the ending was DOA, 'ya know--Just kinda...Limp. It even made me wonder if there was going to be another book, because it was so emotionless and dull--I couldn't believe that that was it.
Anyway, I kinda wish Woon had just written the one book, because honestly--It had the perfect ending. If I had known the series was going to end like this, I would have stopped reading after the first book....more
**spoiler alert** Despite the good start and an intriguing premise, this book ultimately only succeeded in pissing me off in the end. The author was r**spoiler alert** Despite the good start and an intriguing premise, this book ultimately only succeeded in pissing me off in the end. The author was really onto something, but along the way the story seemed to get scattered and misguided--Kinda pointless really. The answers I got to all my questions in the end were underwhelming.
Maybe the turning point occurred early on when Dominion met up with the rest of the cast of characters--That's when the narrative point of view changed up from Dominion to the other characters. What I gathered from the conclusion was that all humanity, alive & undead all had to go insane just for them to live peacefully--That they all had to die or be reborn as it were, and that dying and being reborn (through science) was somehow an improvement on being born naturally or at the hands of God. It was so stupid! I mean, at the present, we can't even clone sheep properly, let alone reanimate or create life. Looking back, as perfect as they were, even the undead were fucked up. So, I guess Simon Clark was saying humanity is just fucked up no matter what. Either way, the message was kinda maddening and depressing, and I really didn't enjoy myself. I suppose I thought that the book was leaning more toward the supernatural, rather than the typical sci-fi/gloom-doom dystopian genre, and that's part of the reason why I was so let-down....more
**spoiler alert** Much like the last book, it took a looooong time for the story to get going, but in this case, I would say it took even longer. The**spoiler alert** Much like the last book, it took a looooong time for the story to get going, but in this case, I would say it took even longer. The ending was kind of a downer too, because so many of the characters croak in such horrible ways. All in all, it was okay. I hope the movies take a different approach, but I doubt they will....more
This one gets into the personal lives of superheroes, heartbreaking betrayals, and tragedy. I guess it is a bit of a soap opera, but the artwork is prThis one gets into the personal lives of superheroes, heartbreaking betrayals, and tragedy. I guess it is a bit of a soap opera, but the artwork is pretty good--It has maybe more of an illustrative feel to it, and it's written well....more
**spoiler alert** I read "Seduce Me at Sunrise" based on some quotes I had read from some of Kleypas' work--I thought they were extremely moving and r**spoiler alert** I read "Seduce Me at Sunrise" based on some quotes I had read from some of Kleypas' work--I thought they were extremely moving and romantic, and I was hoping that this title would make me feel the same. Unfortunately, the run-of-the-mill story and stereotypical romantic relationship, characters, and themes, sucked out all the power and emotion of the aforementioned writing & quotes. She's actually a good writer--All the words had flow and she was able to create an atmosphere that reminded me of an old, romantic movie, but the direction she took with the story and some of her choices just killed it for me.
Kev & Win are totally in love with each other, but Kev will not surrender his love to Win, for fear that he'll harm her in some way...I mean, it's not like the guy is a vampire or something, but he sure acted like he was, and a grumpy one at that. Of course, that doesn't stop him from leading her on, going all the way to third based, and then pulling out (so to speak) at the last minute. He's a total tease, and so is Kleypas. And when an encounter between the two of them clearly went bad, you knew it was time for either Win or Kev's brother to give them a good talking to, as if they didn't have their own lives to worry about. It really was a family affair--Every body was involved and worried about poor Kev and Win. Just ridiculous! I got so sick of their yo-yo relationship, and the heart-to-heart talks that followed, I was tempted to quit altogether.
When they do finally do the deed, it was like my old romantic movie turned into a porno...For pages and pages. Have you ever heard one of the characters from an overly-sentimental, old, romantic movie use the word, "Cock", or the virgin-heroine of the story give a blow-job-- I think not!
Anyway, everybody in the story lived happily ever after...All that bullshit between Kev & Win for nothing. Terribly cheesy! I am so sick of those two!...more
**spoiler alert** It's better than the first book, with more story, more character development, and the addition of Fae (who remind me a lot of elves**spoiler alert** It's better than the first book, with more story, more character development, and the addition of Fae (who remind me a lot of elves from Lord of the rings), Ashley does not disappoint. Elves/Fae = Awesome in my book. I like Sean a lot more than Liam too--With his role as "guardian", he's just more interesting, and it's fair to say he fits under the sensitive guy category as well. It's a given that Andrea is way cooler than Kim--I mean in what universe would a fae shifter not be cooler than a lawyer who never lawyers? The fact that Sean and And Andrea have both have ties to the Guardian sword makes the development of their relationship more believable, 'cause it just seemed destined that way.
It's only in the last 20 pages or so that the cheeziness really got to me--Some of the dialogue made me cringe, and the ending may have seemed a little rushed, and too perfect for my liking. Ashley incorporates quite a bit of flirtatious verbal sparring between the 2 main characters as well, which isn't really my thing, because I never find it convincing, but overall it's an alright read. ...more
It took forever to get through this book. I would set it aside for a couple of weeks, then come back to it, but I never gave up on it...I kinda wish IIt took forever to get through this book. I would set it aside for a couple of weeks, then come back to it, but I never gave up on it...I kinda wish I had given up though--Just completely surrendered, because the conclusion was so unsatisfying--Just a total fizzle. Mr. X is very well written in some places, but as a whole it didn't really come together. Something about the story kept me guessing, and wanting to read more, but in the end I was hugely disappointed. It was a difficult read, I won't lie. And some of the dialogue, as vivid as it was, it was hard to follow. It's just a bummer that the story didn't live up to it's potential. Both the origin story behind the character Mr. X, and the final confrontation between Ned and Mr. X, were weak....more