I was looking for a book about European 14th century, but it seems this one has the sadly very annoying to me tendency to only concentrate on one partI was looking for a book about European 14th century, but it seems this one has the sadly very annoying to me tendency to only concentrate on one part of Europe while using generalisations about the whole continent. I'd love for the blurbs to be a bit more specific about that. Western Europe did not exist in a vacuum and some more truly European view of things is what I'm looking for. So yeah, read some of this in the library, skimmed some more, and put it back, might read it some time later....more
I'm not sure I'll finish this. It's a little slow and the relationship between the heroine and her fiance formed so fast I have no handle on his charaI'm not sure I'll finish this. It's a little slow and the relationship between the heroine and her fiance formed so fast I have no handle on his character. There's not much to keep me interested... I liked that it's set up in France at first but I don't really feel it - dissapointing. It doesn't feel like UF or PNR I'm used to, more chick lit.. I don't know. Giving up, at least for now....more
1.5 "I would have recognized his features from the portraits of nobility hanging in every French castle and museum. Old family. Old money." I don't thi1.5 "I would have recognized his features from the portraits of nobility hanging in every French castle and museum. Old family. Old money." I don't think all French nobility looked quite that much alike...
There's a good plot here but it's peppered with some weak scenes and unispired dialogue. It starts slow and while the mystery is interesting (I'm still in the first half so maybe that changes later on...) it requires that you go along with quite a lot of coincidences. Our heroine just happens to run into Vincent or his friends everywhere. She spots him and his friends in the one museum she visits, (view spoiler)[ (eta: although it turns out that one was caused by someone else), and then in the next one she sees the newspaper/portrait. (hide spoiler)]. I do like the plot but the characters are all so average, there's not much interesting to them other than the mysteries related to their nature. They all seem alike and other than the names I can't tell them apart, they all sound the same, only Vincent is particularly beautiful, apparently. And why would they decide as a group to tell Kate (16) their secret so easily? They don't know her. The only thing they do know is that she's noisy.
ETA: OK, so the mystery of what they are didn't last very long. A chapter between her finding some clues and to getting all the answers from the whole group. Kind of loses the momentum and my interest.
I'm halfway done and wondering where's the plot. Is it just romance from here on out? Vincent and Kate's relationship went to the 'talking about our future' stage awefuly fast - rather unrealistic. "Kate, I can’t stop myself from wanting to be with you." and they had, what, five conversations total at this point... what exactly does he see in her? (view spoiler)[such an old guy... (hide spoiler)] what does she see in him other than beauty? she thinks: "I had made my decision the first time I saw him" - and that's the basis for the relationship.
ETA2: Finished. (view spoiler)[ so wait, Kate is the one who was responsible for the bad guys interest in her sister, or rather Vincent's interest in Kate caused all that, but it's Georgia that's held responsible for bringing in the enemy in the end? and they told all their secrets to Kate and not Gerorgia despite both of them being dragged into it, the only difference being Vincent's attraction to Kate... meh. (hide spoiler)] Kate is special. clearly. The last chapter is fluff/wish fulfillment overload. Would have done without.
I liked that it took place in France and that it wasn't your usual supernatural fair of vampires or fae, but it didn't quite deliver. It was different, the premise and seting but it didn't delve deep enough in either. End result - bland, almost by the numbers romance.
1.5. Very romance heavy, passable paranormal with a rather original idea not best execution, readable....more
Disturbing; a little weird; mostly dialogue. I would have rated it lower at first but the twists the story takes make it shine. Nothomb delves deep inDisturbing; a little weird; mostly dialogue. I would have rated it lower at first but the twists the story takes make it shine. Nothomb delves deep into human nature. She conveys in very few words what some authors dont manage in much longer books. The characters are vivid and complex. Her books always make me feel something, I'm never left feeling distant, bored. I'm moved to either loath the characters or feel sympathy. Sometimes, both, given the twists. ...more