I'm not going to rate this because I couldn't read the whole thing. When I write, I do my best not to make 30 word sentences (even if I feel like I reaI'm not going to rate this because I couldn't read the whole thing. When I write, I do my best not to make 30 word sentences (even if I feel like I really really need to do it sometimes), but Mr. Brinkley doesn't give a flying pair of scissors. If you can write "go fetch," but instead decide to shoot a diatribe about how the muscles work to make you capable of running and grabbing something, you need to take a moment and stop taking yourself so seriously. Even if you know all the words in a dictionary doesn't mean you have to use them ALL every time you think or type. Did not finish it. Do not recommend it....more
Some might say it's a rehash. I don't think so. It's a formula and those who love it, love it. You either love Stephanie and go with her in her adventurSome might say it's a rehash. I don't think so. It's a formula and those who love it, love it. You either love Stephanie and go with her in her adventure, or get frustrated and try to tell her to do something new. Lisa Simpson has been the same age for how many years? Exactly....more
I liked this book a lot. It should have been a five star easily, but... the resolution felt rushed and incongruent; they spent too much time trying toI liked this book a lot. It should have been a five star easily, but... the resolution felt rushed and incongruent; they spent too much time trying to avoid the fact for it to be logical at the end. Still really good, though....more
***Received Free for an honest review*** Here we go!
Eat Crow is an inter-species shifter somewhat adventure-ish romance. A mouthful? Ask Theo, the crow***Received Free for an honest review*** Here we go!
Eat Crow is an inter-species shifter somewhat adventure-ish romance. A mouthful? Ask Theo, the crow, he knows about mouthfuls after meeting Bear Billionaire Deacon.
I’m the kind of person that reads M/M for the sex scenes first and the romance second. And I have to say this book is hot, very hot, and I’m very happy for that. We have two POVs, and even if the time we spend in each character’s head is not the same, it still let us feel what the guys are experiencing for one another (not just during foreplay and sex but during crucial moments of the story, you naughty voyeurs).
Both men have hurtful memories in their past, but even if the book is about redemption through love, it doesn’t dwell in what happened before but on the unpredictable nature of the future, and that’s what makes this story so compelling.
A real page-turner to me. The world building is excellent because there is not info-dump; you learn about it as if you were strolling at an exciting destination, with your eyes and others senses. This universe is close enough to ours so we can easily fill out what is not explained and still magical enough to leave us full of wonder as the story unfolds.
Theo is cheeky and free, and that is the key to what attracts Deacon, a man with so many people depending on him, he doesn’t have time to fall in love; sex with other dudes, yeah— falling in love, nietz.
Theo is a cunning crow. Deacon is a wealthy bear. Add burglary gone wrong, and sparks fly.
I'm not going to read this book, but not for all the fuss about it, simply because it is not my type of book, and I'm not going to read it to find outI'm not going to read this book, but not for all the fuss about it, simply because it is not my type of book, and I'm not going to read it to find out why this has created such a storm.
That being said, I don't understand why every time the subject of race arises this country goes berserk. We, from the comfort of our lives decide if fictional people (even amid real historical circumstances) have the right to fall in love or not. Some of you might say, but you didn't read the book! I don't have to, if it was such an evil thing, not a single person would think it was good or readable, and that is not the case.
None of us, to my knowledge, has been a slave (I'm half black, so I know about discrimination and shit, don't think I don't), and if you want to write a historical story you have to accept and embrace the situations of the time. Brazil had the same amount or more slaves than the United States and you don't hear the constant censorship from the descendants of those slaves about everything regarding that part of the history of the country.
That slavery is not the most wonderful and illuminated part of history, it's true, but are we going to erase it just to feel better about ourselves? That doesn't seem right either.
To my understanding this story was supposed to be about overcoming the darkness of the slavery situation and find a happy ending. How were we supposed to "overcome" if everything was hunky-dory?
I wonder if this story would have been in an alternative universe where the Africans were the masters and the Caucasians the slaves, there would have been so much outrage?
Slavery happened, our constant nagging about it is not going to change that fact.
There is a famous phrase "Those who forget the past are meant to repeat it," or something around those lines.
Why are we hurting for something that didn't happen to us? To heal we have to forgive and forget. And we keep putting our own perspective into something that none of us knew or lived. If I was raised a slave I wouldn't know all this conflicts that we nowadays people have because I didn't know any better. Accept that and move on.
Are we angry because I white woman wrote it? Would this be an issue if a black person has written the exact same story?
There are a lot of ugly things happening in the world right now, and many of them don't have anything to do with race, but we keep focusing on that topic. But, Gabbo, you haven't seen the news and everything that has to do with race in the U.S.? Yes I have, and I believe that a lot of it has to do with the fact that we want to keep milking the hurt of something that happened a long time ago, and I'm going to give you a very simple example of moving forward.
Do you think that in 20 years, when same-sex couples marrying and adopting and doing everything like everybody else is not an issue anymore, there would be gays going around "But in the year 2000 we were not allowed to marry, so you can't write nothing about gays in that period."?
So frigging awesome, I'm just going to say DAMN! If you are into sweet, you won't need to add anything to this delicious dessert of a story. Highly recoSo frigging awesome, I'm just going to say DAMN! If you are into sweet, you won't need to add anything to this delicious dessert of a story. Highly recommend it!...more
*I rarely give bad reviews, but I can't even give a single star to this book*
According to legend, I started reading at the tender age of three and nev*I rarely give bad reviews, but I can't even give a single star to this book*
According to legend, I started reading at the tender age of three and never stopped. That means I've been reading for more than forty years, and I have never encountered a book as dull as the first of this series. Now, to be fair to my legend, I didn't read this, I listened to it; I don't know if that was what made the journey a humongous yawn.
By now, we all know how "quests" work. Someone comes to tell you that you must make a journey to find something to destroy an evil something and save something and then you're the hero and everybody is happy. You travel you get lost sometimes nearly losing your life or losing the lives of your companions. There's nothing new under the sun— it's not the story, it's how you tell it, because it's been told and sung and spewed a gazillion times.
I was only able to endure 30 minutes of this story; this is one of the reasons why I'm not rating it. I don't think it would be honest to rate a meal that was bland and I couldn't finish. I could be an asshole and give it a huge, resounding one star, but that is not the kind of asshole I am.
First of all, why everybody has to be royalty or descendant of royalty? Are plebeians unable to have courage? They do not deserve to have adventures? Only the bloodlines of kings have the right to epic journeys? I call BS.
In 30 minutes I heard more than a hundred names: of people of places of rivers of the bugs crawling on the forest ground (nah, that last one was just me being obnoxious). Is bombarding the reader with a boredillion names going to make your story more amazing? I think not.
Speaking of royalty (yeah, back to that). In 30 minutes two princes left their kingdoms to join this "quest" without the slightest indication of why or what would they gain from it. Unless you're prince number 7 and twelfth in line to the throne, why the heck are you gonna leave your palace to go on a journey without any explanation whatsoever?
And the journey...
Bad things are supposed to be chasing you, and we see these things but never feel the foggiest sense of dread or expectation, or anything at all. I didn't even care if you got caught because you (and your brother) were boring to begin with, so there was no investment in your wellbeing. Then you must journey to this place to meet the crazy man who entrusted you with the quest (with the bad things allegedly chasing you), but I never truly care because you encountered danger and practically wore Frodo's ring and became invisible and nothing happened.
This journey to this first meeting place was so terribly dull that you could have been teletransported with the exact same effect because NOTHING happened. *BTW it seemed they were actually teletransported the last part of the journey by some old dude; they just woke up where they were supposed to be, just like that*
The only thing those 30 minutes made me feel was annoy as F**K, and sad. I am honestly sad for the poor man who voiced this steaming pile of nothingness. At least he got paid (I hope he got paid).
I only learned about this series because I was watching the MTV Video Music Awards and a TV series is coming based on these books and the preview was kind of awesome. The material is there, if the TV people are able to stomach the search through the refuse to get the diamonds.
*Read this series if you are a ten-year-old who hadn't read anything else in your life*...more
I liked this story, and, considering this is the first attempt of the author it’s pretty good.
Nevertheless, once I finished it, the only word coming tI liked this story, and, considering this is the first attempt of the author it’s pretty good.
Nevertheless, once I finished it, the only word coming to my mind was “incongruent.”
I think it’s basically words choice more than actual plot holes. Why call the military force of this unnamed country “warriors” when they have alongside a Police Department? Why not use city guards or simply guards, if you thought of using the word warriors for the defenders of the country (there is mention of archers at one point). Aside from the fact that military force technically trumps police dept. The security hierarchy was somewhat abstract here. The enemy is simply called Northerners; the name of the invading country is never disclosed. Why, out of nowhere, use dollars as the currency (although it was mentioned only once)? Now, I don’t even remember if the author used the word “grand” when speaking of an amount, but that proves my point further, this info wasn’t there enough to be relevant or memorable, just awkward. Also, we have seen universes contemporary enough but imbued with magic that seeing a mage using a cell phone shouldn’t be shocking. It was the randomness of the appearance of the modern devices that made them stand strangely out. Honestly, the world building was all over the place.
There were a lot of unused opportunities for the MCs to be sexy together. Yes, I know we have a non-explicit tag here, but, seriously, the man you’ve had the hots for a while is naked in front of you and you’re not even going to take a peek at the goodies? I mean… And we’re talking about guys, not Victorian maidens (and I’m pretty sure those would have taken a peek first and blushed afterward, and blushed again and again remembering what they saw, but looked at it nonetheless).
And now the cats… I live with two cats, and the four cats in the story only acted like cats once. That actually took a star from my rating… And all the resting and weakness of using spells made the whole point of being a kickass magic wielder kind of a downer…
Still, the story had me going, and I think that with a little more focus the author is going to be able create truly awesome stories. ...more
Well, I might appear bias because this story was originated by my prompt, but what Christa did with the little I gave is simply outstanding.
Mars, KaseWell, I might appear bias because this story was originated by my prompt, but what Christa did with the little I gave is simply outstanding.
Mars, Kasen, and Titus's love story is worthy of an HBO movie, and I say HBO because we obviously need the graphic language and the blood and the nudity, things we could not get in a Lifetime original movie... (in my filthy mind the movie would be a porn movie, but there is so much love and romance in it, it deserves a more respectful and broad medium)
There were a few moments when I didn't know who was talking or narrating, but those little bumps didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. And since I'm very greedy I'd have wanted it to be longer and had more sex scenes, but the balance between the passionate moments and the process of acceptance of the warriors was simply delicious, fulfilling my request to make them an epic love story.
I can't put your name in the stars, that's up to Mars, but I can give you five stars with all my heart.