Very beautiful and well written short story. Highly recommended even if you've never read The Winner's Curse. If you're a fan of fairytales you'll enj...moreVery beautiful and well written short story. Highly recommended even if you've never read The Winner's Curse. If you're a fan of fairytales you'll enjoy this.(less)
Entertaining read but two main things that detracted from the enjoyment: 1. How so not kick ass the heroine was. She had to be saved EVERY single time....moreEntertaining read but two main things that detracted from the enjoyment: 1. How so not kick ass the heroine was. She had to be saved EVERY single time. Even a so called 'invalid' character saved her ass at the last second. tsk tsk
2. The relantionship building was very abrupt. It wasn't really instant love but it went from 'totally checking you out hot stuff' to 'hey babe i love you. you are worth more than gold and im one stop short from sacrificing my life for you' omg lol whutttt??? that was kinda quick.....
Will write a proper review after I get some sleep.(less)
This novella was not as well written as Destroy me where the general storytelling was a lot better with the diary as a plot framing device. Here its...moreThis novella was not as well written as Destroy me where the general storytelling was a lot better with the diary as a plot framing device. Here its very straight forward and not a whole lot is happening.
And Adam surprised me a lot.... It didn't feel as if this is the same Adam from the series. The character change here for me was very dramatic. Granted its his POV and the Shatter me series is from Juliette's POV but surely this is not what Adam's really like? It felt very unbelievable because the change was too sudden from book 2 to this. I don't have a good feeling about Ignite me if this is foreshadowing things to come.
The dramatic change in Adam is what I blame on bad author plotting and characterization. Did Taherah Mafi not plot this trilogy out when she wrote the first and second book?(less)
Ok hype was sooooo worth it (for me at least). Arin reminds me a lot of Fenris from dragon age ii minus the prejudice and emoness. hahahahhaha. full r...moreOk hype was sooooo worth it (for me at least). Arin reminds me a lot of Fenris from dragon age ii minus the prejudice and emoness. hahahahhaha. full review to come later.(less)
I hate it when I do this to a book. To be honest I can't find anything wrong with The Winter Sea but it failed to move me in anyway. For me the romanc...moreI hate it when I do this to a book. To be honest I can't find anything wrong with The Winter Sea but it failed to move me in anyway. For me the romance was a little lackluster while the historical elements felt very surface. Still I'm sure fans of the historical romance genre would enjoy this book.
PS There is a severe misconception that this book has time travel elements. FYI there is none and apart from it being set in Scotland and around the same time era, it is in no way similar to Outlander.(less)
Gorgeous lush writing coupled with atmospheric scenes, captivating mythology world building and complex conflicted main characters could have easily m...moreGorgeous lush writing coupled with atmospheric scenes, captivating mythology world building and complex conflicted main characters could have easily made this a 5 star read.
However the romance was very very awkward and seriously lacked chemistry while at the same too much focus was placed on the snogging and making out. I also felt it was kinda insta-lovely too. The characters interacted far too little for them to have actually fall in love at the point they did. Sorry folks, just wasn't feeling it at all. I suppose if this was a story based on something else, having a flat romance wouldn't have been so much of a problem but this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast where the romance is at the heart of the story.
I do however love a couple of things such as the complexity of Nyx, Ingrifex and Shade. Love how complex these characters are and I like how they are different from other B&B retellings. First of all our 'Beauty' isn't like the rest where she's good, nice and a shrieking wallflower. She can be cruel, selfish at times and mean too depending on the situation and our 'Beast' hardly acts like an Alpha Male Beast of a character. In fact he's flippant, charming at times, witty and cheeky hardly the characteristics I would ever equate 'Beast' as.
The other thing I also love was the Greek mythology that was interwoven very nicely into the story. I thought it added a nice touch and imagery and brought something new to the B&B mythos.
I also thought the backstory of the whole world and why the 'Beast' was 'cursed' in the first place was done really well. It added so much complexity to his character and you start to feel really sorry for him.
However sadly apart from the lackluster romance the plot itself was kinda boring.... Nyx doesn't really do much and too much was focused on the love triangle and less on her mission to kill the beast. even when she was trying to find ways the 'keys' to kill him, they were all done in a similar fashion so as you get to key no 4 you're like wait a minute didn't she do this 5-8 chapters ago? Oh wait that was key 3! Whoopps.
Overall still quite a satisfying retelling of Beauty & the Beast. Fans of the fairytale would appreciate how different it is but really repetitive plot choices and the lackluster romance make this a 3 star read.(less)
Oh my. This is a very heart wrenching book indeed. Two Hearts is basically the sequel to The Last Unicorn that takes place many years later. In a lot...moreOh my. This is a very heart wrenching book indeed. Two Hearts is basically the sequel to The Last Unicorn that takes place many years later. In a lot of ways it sheds some light into what happens to all 3 characters from the Last Unicorn in the years between the first book and this sequel.
The writing style is very different as it's told from the POV of a new character, -9 year old Sooz. The story starts off with Sooz journeying off to find King Lir after her best friend gets eaten by the Griffin that's been terrorizing her village. On the way she bumps into Schmendrick and Molly Grue and they accompany her to see their old friend.
At times I wished I didn't read this because this was not the ending I had envisioned but I'm glad I did. It's a realistic ending as with most Peter S Beagle books are and it touches the heart so profoundly. I can't say I like the ending and despite my misgivings about it, it did feel as if it was the right one.
Giving it 5 stars alone for the gorgeous writing and making me bawl like a little girl. For those who loved how open ended the last unicorn's ending was may want to give Two Hearts a skip because of the extremely bittersweet ending. (less)
I must be one of the few who preferred Queen over this. Still absolutely fantastic stuff. Again I am floored by how brilliant Gen is. Though he did an...moreI must be one of the few who preferred Queen over this. Still absolutely fantastic stuff. Again I am floored by how brilliant Gen is. Though he did annoy me a little in the first half (even though I know it's part of the grand scheme but reading him that way knowing what he is capable of was painful). (less)
Who this book is for? Romance buffs that don't need things to be grounded in realism Who this book is NOT for? MMA/Fight enthusiasts that will twitch a...moreWho this book is for? Romance buffs that don't need things to be grounded in realism Who this book is NOT for? MMA/Fight enthusiasts that will twitch at every part of the plot building
It's books like this that seriously give the romance genre a bad name. It's very clear to me that the author only did some desk research on MMA and clearly doesn't understand the lifestyle or she wouldn't be writing unrealistic crap like this. Can the author at least DO HER BLOODY RESEARCH on what it means to be a MMA fighter?! I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu pretty seriously (competing and stuff) and so I definitely get the whole MMA culture and what it means to train for a fight/tournament.
Goodness gracious this book made my head ache at how unrealistic it is. There's no denying that MMA fighters can be hot and so I'm not surprised that MMA guys will find their way into a romance novel. I mean look at Georges St Pierre for instance:
or Ben Henderson:
and my personal favorite Roger Huerta:
So here's the stuff that really really bugged me (that makes me wanna armbar or triangle choke the author heck why don't we throw in a guillotine while we're at it -_-!)
The absence of training: Like seriously? Why isn't Reid training THE FUCK everyday. He has a fight coming up in 2 1/2 months. He should be at the gym training his butt off every frickin day. Most MMA fighters will still be training for their fight even if they have an injury. If the injury was serious enough (dislocation, ACL tear or in the case of poor Anderson Silva's a broken leg) most MMA fighters will not take the fight. So yes Reid, why the heck aren't you training at all?!
Lack of focus on fighting: MMA fighters are very focused when it comes to training and fighting. You don't make it to the Octagon if you have a half ass attitude about fighting. And when you're THAT focused on the training there's just simply no room for anything else. I knew a BJJ guy (multiple world champion prodigy who is now transitioning his way into MMA) who threw his bronze medal because bronze just wasn't good enough. It really disturbed me how unfocused Reid seem to be about his training or his title fight. You may argue that maybe when he's with Lucie he wants to switch off the MMA mode but hey she's entering HIS world not the other way around. She's his physio therapist for crying out loud! So no I'm sorry Reid's character as a MMA fighter is simply unrealistic. MMA fighters don't spend their time shopping or dishing out love advice when they should really be training and keeping focus on the fight.
Reid dishing out all that advice: Okay this can be a bit more subjective but I've yet to met a MMA fighter who can dish out the advice that Reid does. Like seriously? I've met the pretty boy of MMA Roger Huerta (who trains in Thailand) and know people who know him and seriously I highly doubt that even pretty boy Roger Huerta could dish out the advice that Reid does. Most MMA guys I know literally LIVE in fight shorts and t-shirts because hey you know what? It's way easier to train everyday if you dress like that. :V
Misrepresentation of Physical therapy: Since I do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu pretty competitively I've gotten my fair share of serious injuries that required PT time. Currently I'm nursing a Grade 2 tear to my LCL so yes I am VERY familiar with physical therapy techniques and seriously wtf is Lucie doing as a PT?! If she was my PT I would have frickin fired her ages ago..... Icing my shoulder and exercise is NOT the only thing a PT does. -_- They do a whole lot more. I mean come on there's no mention of the ultrasound???? Really?! OMG Ultrasound is like the basic of basics when it comes to PT.
Title fight where the fuck did it go?!: My biggest gripe is where the fuck did the title fight go?! Like seriously it was so briefly mentioned that blink and you miss it. Hello a title fight is EVERYTHING to a MMA fighter how can this event be so grossly be glossed over????
To be honest the chemistry and the romance was pretty ok and the dialogue between Reid and Lucie is funny as heck at times. But I can't just get over the misrepresentation of MMA in this book. I just for the life of me can't.
So just avoid this book if you have some invested interest in MMA. You might like it if you're interested in romance but it's just an average run of the mill romance to me (then again I am not a big fan of romance so I wouldn't know how to evaluate). (less)