This is less a review and more a few comments on the story. I really enjoyed this prequel novella mostly because of the contrast between this and theThis is less a review and more a few comments on the story. I really enjoyed this prequel novella mostly because of the contrast between this and the rest of the series. The relationship between Dawson and Bethany is like day to the night of Daemon and Katy's relationship that is the central relationship of the remainder of the series.
Until the heartbreaking ending even the overall tone to the book is lighter than the rest of the series because of the focus couple in this novella. (In case you're wondering I don't consider that a spoiler because anyone who's read the first book in the series already knows how this ends.) The events of this novella shape who the characters become in the rest of the series. What's really wonderful about it is that even though Daemon plays a small role the difference in his attitude, his personality between this novella and the first book give a clear picture of his growth as a character and how these events shaped his character. I know this story really isn't about Daemon at all but it's how different he is in this story to how he is in the rest of the series that really makes this novella for me. ...more
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I really enjoyed reading Compulsion. It was beautifully written with vivThis is more random thoughts than a review, that said here are those thoughts.
I really enjoyed reading Compulsion. It was beautifully written with vivid imagery and an almost lyrical prose. It took a bit to really pick up pace as it built the complicated world of Barrie's life for the reader, but once the pace picked up it didn't slow down. My main issue with the novel was difficulty connecting with Barrie as a character. She was extremely well constructed but the way she thought and reacted to situations was so different from my own thought patterns or the way I would have handled things that it made her difficult to understand for me until I really got into the book and was more used to her. It's difficult for me to picture a childhood with a mother who basically ignored you until her death because she was so lost in her own pain, and being raised by a cross dressing gay man. Those two very interesting details shaped so much of Barrie's personality that her thought process and her reaction to things were very foreign to me. She knows fashion but fears people and going out in public. She's over thinks everything. She lives her life to please everyone else. All of these things are things I wouldn't do. I spent much of the beginning of the novel wanting to call social services to get the kid out of the care of both the deceased mother and the somewhat unstable aunt she ends up with. The aunt becomes more stable as the book progresses which is a good thing and I liked the relationship between Barrie and Mark, her cross-dressing former caretaker. I also say Mark shaped her not because of what he was, but because his character, the person who provided Barrie's stability was so pushy and Barrie seems to accept that pushy, bossy and overbearing is an acceptable way for men to act. For some I guess it is, for me it sets my hackles on edge. I didn't like how Eight bosses her around and tried to make decisions for her. I'm also not a trusting person so the way Barrie seems to accept everything as truth even ghosts, curses and legends just seems unreal to me. Let me clarify this is not because Barrie is poorly written she's a well constructed character it's because I have pretty much nothing in common with the way she thinks that it took me so long to connect with and understand her.
What I did love was the magic and myth of the novel. The scenes with the Fire Carrier and the yunwi. The imagery really made these scenes blaze with magic and mysticism. I'd love to know more about both especially what the Fire Carrier wants which isn't answered in this book. I'd like to understand better about the Beaufort Gift and the Colesworth Curse, they're mentioned yes, but since the account was completely from Barrie's point of view and she didn't really understand completely the reader doesn't really get that chance either. I'd love to know more about what actually happened, detail wise to create the things Barrie finds in the later scenes that I'd say but would be a major spoiler and I'd love more of a world mythology. Details of the yunwi and the Fire Carrier who they really were.
So anyway I enjoyed the book and those are kind of my random scattered thoughts on it. I look forward to reading the next in the series....more
I marked this are currently reading way before I opened it, but I have to say I didn't really care for this one. I like the opening, the time still spI marked this are currently reading way before I opened it, but I have to say I didn't really care for this one. I like the opening, the time still spent with Ethan, I've always liked him as a narrator, but when it switched to the third person follow of Ridley I'm like okay at first I was cool and the more I followed the less I liked the story. I mean I guess she's supposed to be some kind of anti-hero or something maybe, but I liked her as a character a whole lot more before I was following her around. Regardless the world that Garcia & Stohl created is just too wonderful to walk away so I'm going to hope Dangerous Dream was the only one that just didn't really click with me and move on to the next book in the series....more
The best book in the series yet, somewhat sad, yet a satisfying ending to this I guess first part in the series. It's one of those books where after iThe best book in the series yet, somewhat sad, yet a satisfying ending to this I guess first part in the series. It's one of those books where after it's over and you imagine asking the character if it was worth all the heartache and sacrifice, every battle and challenge they faced to end up where they did, you can't help but imagine they'd say yes. And for me that makes it an excellent book. The challenge is bigger, the battles are harder in this novel than any of the others and that in my opinion makes it a page turner from beginning to end. Finally, any thoughts on this book would be remiss if I didn't mention the heart-wrenching emotions these writers pull from you as you face this journey with the character you've grown to love over the course of this series. Tears, hope, pain they're all part of the journey in reading this series and if a story can do that and still leave you feeling satisfied at the end, it can't be anything less than a great one....more
This book is heart wrenching to say the least, and I'm at the point where I'd run out of books before even though this is the first time I've actuallyThis book is heart wrenching to say the least, and I'm at the point where I'd run out of books before even though this is the first time I've actually marked it as read. So while I'd highly recommend this book, I'll also suggest having the next book handy before closing the pages of this one. ...more
Phenomenal ending to the series! Now can we read about Luc? Because yes these are the kind of characters that are hard to let go of and besides... he'Phenomenal ending to the series! Now can we read about Luc? Because yes these are the kind of characters that are hard to let go of and besides... he's Luc!...more
I tend to be harsh on my ratings so I thought I'd offer a few sentence to explain this one, not really a review, but my comments. It took me at leastI tend to be harsh on my ratings so I thought I'd offer a few sentence to explain this one, not really a review, but my comments. It took me at least ten chapters, I think a little more to really get into this book, there were a few scenes I liked in the beginning and I really did like Tory Brennan as a character, but until the crew found a skeleton I wasn't really hooked on the story. Even then, when my attention was caught it took a little bit to get me really turning the pages totally engrossed in the story. As a parent I can objectively say that the beginning was highly educational for kids filled with little bits of history and science, but as an escapist reader who likes fast paced story from cover to cover and really doesn't care for nonfiction, the opening didn't appeal to me. However once I got to that part where the story really started to pick up, and why some of the information that was mentioned in the beginning was actually relevant to the story became clear to me I was really hooked on this story. It was overall a really good book once I got past the beginning chapters and I would recommend it. I look forward to reading the remaining books in the series....more
So I took longer on this than I normally do because of personal issues, but considering one of the reasons I binge read is it's hard to me to rememberSo I took longer on this than I normally do because of personal issues, but considering one of the reasons I binge read is it's hard to me to remember details of a story too long after sitting it down and I was able to pick this one back up without rereading the first half, I think that says something about how well written and memorable it was.
The story is extremely fast paced, something is pretty much happening on every page of the book which makes it easy to read. However I think it could have benefited from a tiny bit slower pacing and a bit more description. I adore a fast paced story don't get me wrong, but McConnel doesn't offer a lot of opportunity to get to know the characters as well as I would have liked because there's just so much going on in poor Darlena's life. I sometimes had trouble picturing scenes just because I didn't feel enough detail in the descriptions was offered. Despite this what the author has a true talent for doing is evoking emotion from the reader for her character. Even not knowing her as well as I would have liked it was impossible not to feel for this girl, to feel her confusion, her fear, her isolation and her pain. She's an engaging character just for the emotion she draws as she tells her story. The plot is engaging and exciting and I literally can't wait to read more.
The chapters are short which is nice for when you don't have a lot of time to read and like I previously stated there's constantly something happening in Darlena's life. Highly recommended. ...more
This is my second time reading this novel but since I never marked it as read I wanted to reread to have a date of reading it. My biggest complaint isThis is my second time reading this novel but since I never marked it as read I wanted to reread to have a date of reading it. My biggest complaint is that it's not long enough and I wanted more of these interesting characters Langlais has created in this series....more
In all fairness I was looking for something different when I picked up this title. I expected more of a romance and plot involved and this is more eroIn all fairness I was looking for something different when I picked up this title. I expected more of a romance and plot involved and this is more erotica than anything else. I felt it relied too much on flashback and moved too quickly through any sort of scene that involved plot. I also didn't feel that some of the reactions were realistic. Literally like what 10 minutes after seeing the guy for the first time in eight years she's giving him a peep show and playing with herself while he watches? I can't see anyone realistically doing that unless they've taken a decidely different career choice than the one Lana is supposed to have taken. If you're looking for a story that's heavy in graphic sex scenes this is the book to read, the thing of it is when I picked up this book that wasn't what I was looking for and it didn't offer enough outside of sex scenes for me to really care for it....more
The story offered a little bit more insight into Ash, but is he anyone's favorite character in this series? He's certainly not mine and he just doesn'The story offered a little bit more insight into Ash, but is he anyone's favorite character in this series? He's certainly not mine and he just doesn't have the emotional breadth that Jared or Kami offer. He's too logical, too needy for approval and it's like he doesn't understand how to be human in my personal opinion....more
Beyond the outside narrator which created the same distance in the first short story, I think this story also tried to encompass too much time too quiBeyond the outside narrator which created the same distance in the first short story, I think this story also tried to encompass too much time too quickly for me to connect with it....more
While it's interesting to see Jared from an outside perspective, it's not as good because it lacks the interaction between Kami and Jared that made meWhile it's interesting to see Jared from an outside perspective, it's not as good because it lacks the interaction between Kami and Jared that made me love the Lynburn Legacy series so much. Because the narrator is distanced from Jared the story reads a bit distanced and I'm actually glad that I learned about the short stories in this series after I read the books because I don't think I would have been as excited about reading The Lynburn Legacy Trilogy if I had read the connected short stories first....more