Rogue, second book in the Beloved series, improves upon the first in storytelling. I really liked the idea of a Beloved going dark, and I hope that's...moreRogue, second book in the Beloved series, improves upon the first in storytelling. I really liked the idea of a Beloved going dark, and I hope that's not the last we see of that if there are more Beloved books in the future. Also like the first book, it has the good kind of romance - you can feel it, it's sweet, but it's not ruling over the rest of the book.
I think the only problem is that it should have been longer. There would have been more time to explore the consequences of Daniel turning evil, and I think that would have been really cool. But it was still a very good book, and I would recommend it!(less)
This was a nice, quick little read, but overall it was a little disappointing. Strike that - it was very disappointing. The plot is thin: a king's evi...moreThis was a nice, quick little read, but overall it was a little disappointing. Strike that - it was very disappointing. The plot is thin: a king's evil brother put him away in a dungeon, and now a farm boy and a crazy sword for hire are going to rescue him. Not original. However, I've seen many unoriginal plots turned into awesome books by the writing, characters, and dialogue. Unfortunately, this book had not very much of that, either. I'm very neutral on the writing; it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. The characters had no depth, and the dialogue just made me roll my eyes.
The most pointless character in the whole thing had to be Melinda. Why, oh why, did this need to have that token helpless maiden? She did nothing except get abused by the king and then have to be saved by the heroes. Now, I'm not a crazy feminist, but come on. I see no point in a character that does absolutely nothing except get almost molested.
King Boonder was also a stale character that needed a lot of improvement. He was supposed to be funny with his random obsession with worms and greasy hair, but I just found it annoying, and like I said, random. He puts worms on his head? Huh?
It's sad that Will Allen died before he could properly edit this, because it needed a lot of work. I think if he had had more time to make it better it would have been good.(less)
Before I even started reading this book, the cover had me a little scared. It made it seem like a very old, boring, chick novel. Well, that was kind o...moreBefore I even started reading this book, the cover had me a little scared. It made it seem like a very old, boring, chick novel. Well, that was kind of true, but Kristy K. James spun it in a way that made it both old and new, and it turned into an exciting read. Within the first 20 pages or so I was all caught up in the story and wanting to know what happened next.
But though it was a good book, it felt like it needed a lot of work, like maybe it was a first draft or something. The writing was slightly dull, and the characters quite simple. At one point I felt an overload of characters where I think five new people were introduced in just four pages, and the love story happened way too quickly. Nonetheless, I thought that overall it was a good read. If you're looking for a simple book with a good plot to read, I suggest Reluctant Guardian.(less)