I really enjoyed the first two books in this series. They were a little rough, but Gleason's command of plot and characters overrode that. The Bleedin...moreI really enjoyed the first two books in this series. They were a little rough, but Gleason's command of plot and characters overrode that. The Bleeding Dusk, however, is even rougher in writing style, and the plot is exciting but not always very well-managed. However, the book is an enjoyable read and perfect for summertime.(less)
Well, I don't think I will be continuing with the series. Also, I'm probably overthinking the issues in these books.
The first two books were fun and...moreWell, I don't think I will be continuing with the series. Also, I'm probably overthinking the issues in these books.
The first two books were fun and charming, the third one less so but enough to interest me. And, to be fair, I think the best parts of Gleason's idea are still here, notably the conflict between Victoria's supernatural destiny and her highly ordered, extremely proper public life and position, as well as the interactions between the female characters who are all strong willed and interesting. (Or were until this book. Sigh. Really - vilifying Caroline of Brunswick? How original.) But the love triangle has become bloated and unable to support itself and extremely unconvincing. I still think Sebastian is an interesting character, but Max reads like a parody of a romance novel hero, which frankly Gleason isn't talented enough to pull off. He's so self-righteous and narrow minded, and I suppose his ~*inner turmoil*~ and Tragic Past are supposed to make him attractive but it just makes him irritating. He has no compassion for other people - and the way he imposes his own experiences and morality on Victoria is, we have been lead to believe throughout the entire series, an example of their sexual tension. Whatever. Their attraction has never convinced me; it seems cursory and tired and quite understandably given how clichéd a choice it is.
I'm going to quote Pride and Prejudice, which I think is warranted in this case. Mr. Bennett tells Elizabeth, "'My child, let me not have the grief of seeing you unable to respect your partner in life.'" Well, I do not see how Victoria can respect Max (beyond his obvious physical prowess) and nor do I see much proof of his respect for her (ditto). To be fair, the moral point of view Max represents is prevalent throughout the book and definitely presented as The Right One, which is probably why these books have started to really irritate me (I mean, there were aspects that irritated me before . . . like, the martial arts stuff, which I think was meant to be racially and culturally inclusive but actually is kind of gross). When you introduce physical manifestations of evil, i.e. vampires, it is understandably tempting to simplify morality but frankly it makes the created world less convincing in the long run. Anyway, I've lost patience with the characters. These books have never been quite satisfying - the prose style is not rich enough, for one thing - but now they are actively disappointing me. So long, Victoria.(less)