I'm not entirely sure why so many people are upset over the writing/editing of this book. It's actually better than a lot of other books in the genreI'm not entirely sure why so many people are upset over the writing/editing of this book. It's actually better than a lot of other books in the genre (seriously, not kidding here). Yes there are problems: lots of repetitive words and phrases, I was completely confused in the beginning as to whether they were in Oregon or Washington (until I discovered that Portland and Vancouver are right next to each other), and I really think EL James raided the thesaurus one two many times to show off her "literary" vocabulary.
The characters aren't completely flat, there is some dimension (unlike Twilight) and change/compromise with the characters which lends a little more credibility to Christian and Ana's relationship. Christian isn't perfect and Ana recognizes that from the get go. I would have loved for Ana to have a little more spine and have kicked Christian out on his ass way earlier, but I will not deny that there are girls out there who have similar body issues and are naive (though maybe not to the same extent as she is). I'm not defending it as some great literary work, but as a candy bar for your brain, it's not bad.
Also, I would like to give this a 6 out of ten on the kinky scale. For those of us who have really read this genre (BDSM/menage/erotica), the scenes in this book are rather tame in comparison (though the scene in the bathroom in Atlanta is totally gross, just eww). I think all the hype in the media is just that the book is so popular and in the mainstream while the rest of the genre is still something you read under the covers or with a fake book cover on the train or on your e-reader so no one will ever know that you like romance....more
The plot was incredibly close to Amber's first book Nicholas, from the three brothers to the forced marriages to the too-easily resolved conflict withThe plot was incredibly close to Amber's first book Nicholas, from the three brothers to the forced marriages to the too-easily resolved conflict with the evil Greek-fertility-myth cult. Meh.
Annotation: Dane Satyr, a Satyr Lord of Rome, has deserted the Special Ops of ElseWorld and won back his family's olive grove; now he starts searching for the brother he lost 13 years ago. To hide her secret, Evangeline Delacorte crossed from ElseWorld and set herself up as a matchmaker, but when she encounters Dane, passion ignites leading them down an unforeseen path....more
Meh, the plot of both stories were basically the same as all the other books in this series: woman with some sort of confidence/appearance issues is sMeh, the plot of both stories were basically the same as all the other books in this series: woman with some sort of confidence/appearance issues is semi-forced into relationship with extremely virile Satyr lord with a magical phallus, then some magical catastrophe occurs, and the Satyr lord must save the woman and the day. The sex scenes weren't anything special, especially in comparison to those in [Book : Raine].
I did have some serious issues with the menage relationship in "Vincent." It was incredibly forced and lacked an emotional foundation with the character, Landon.
Annotation: "Dominic": Dominic is a full-blooded Satyr with a dark destiny that ostracizes him from the rest of the world. But when his keeper sends him to Emma, a human, to pass on his destiny to her unborn child, Dominic finds something he has been missing his entire life.
"Vincent": Vincent, a Tuscan Satyr lord, has issues with human women, so he creates Shimmerskins, mystical constructs built for pleasure. Unlike his brothers, Vincent calls upon the same one again and again until one night she becomes real and the answer to his dreams for himself and his best friend Landon....more
After Raine this book seemed kind of lack luster. I mean, how do you top a hermaphrodite for the strange factor? Besides that, the plot was weak, straAfter Raine this book seemed kind of lack luster. I mean, how do you top a hermaphrodite for the strange factor? Besides that, the plot was weak, strangely paced, and filler between sex scenes.
Annotation: Lyon, the youngest Satyr brother, is the last to set off and find his future wife, daughter to the dead faerie king, in Paris. But when he arrives, confusion ensues as two candidates appear. Which was meant to be his destined wife and which is an impostor?
Again, the smut level is out of this world, but the plot was a little better that Nicholas, but not by much. The only thing that is keeping me going wAgain, the smut level is out of this world, but the plot was a little better that Nicholas, but not by much. The only thing that is keeping me going with the series is to see how she up the erotic factor after a hermaphrodite.
Annotation: Like his brother, Nicholas, Raine Satyr has been ordered by the deceased king of Faerie to find one of the king's daughters and marry her. Raine sets out to Venice, finds Jordan, and brings her back to his Tuscan estate. Jordan is considered a high prize amongst the Faerie because she is a hermaphrodite, but despite Raine's continual proposals, Jordan is reluctant to marry him and give up her freedom forever.
The smut level of this book is pretty high, just on this side of the erotica/porn line. The plot (what there is of one) jumps around and I thought a lThe smut level of this book is pretty high, just on this side of the erotica/porn line. The plot (what there is of one) jumps around and I thought a lot of the conflict points were resolved WAY too easily. For what it was, it wasn't bad. I did enjoy the satyr aspect of the plot because it seems to be a highly underutilized myth when it comes to romance/erotica.
Annotation: Nicholas Satyr comes from an ancient race charged with guarding the entrance from ElseWorld, so when the king of ElseWorld commands him to marry the king's half human daughter, Nicholas sets off to find her in Rome. Jane has tried to hide her freakish powers from the world, but when Nicholas takes her as his wife, she embarks on sensual journey that will challenge her to accept her other nature in ways she never imagined.
I used to love this series. Now I just read because I Hamilton has enough of an interesting plot to keep me interested, but her devices are getting olI used to love this series. Now I just read because I Hamilton has enough of an interesting plot to keep me interested, but her devices are getting old. Anita has sex with another new guy and puts up a feminist defense of women in law enforcement. I will admit it was nice to get back to that second plot line because the second half of this series is just sex scene after sex scene after sex scene. Plus I do love it when Edward is around, he tends to keep the emotions down and the action up.
My one big beef with this book is the whole Marmee Noir plot was just resolved too easily. Plus the ardeur plot line is going away. I think Hamilton is trying to get back to the original spirit of the series (a lot more horror, a lot less sex), but it's being forced. The only reasons I keep reading are that I want to know what happens and to see how long she can drag out the series.
Annotation: Anita Blake, vampire "Executioner" and U.S. Marshall, is in Seattle tracking down the Harlequin who are masquerading as serial killers. But even with fellow vampire hunter and Marshall Edward's help, she might not be able to catch them before they catch her and give her to Marmee Noir. Plus Olaf is back, and he wants Anita more than ever.
Snack Lit rating: guilty pleasure (that isn't as good as it once was)...more