** This is just a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book **
Refreshing concept. Had an old-world feel to it (a bit like the 'Famous Five' I guess) wit** This is just a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book **
Refreshing concept. Had an old-world feel to it (a bit like the 'Famous Five' I guess) with the children being the heroes. Wasn't quite sure what the 'evil' mentioned actually was, nor how King Arthur really fits into the whole thing. And what was with the dog howling? And having the 'Uncle' be Merlin was a little strange. Overall I enjoyed it as a simple read with a bit of mystery, but a bit more of an explanation here and there would've made it better. Not likely to read the rest of the series. ...more
** This is a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book **
This one was recommended to me by friends and is probably something I wouldn’t have picked up o** This is a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book **
This one was recommended to me by friends and is probably something I wouldn’t have picked up otherwise. While it wasn’t bad it also wasn't one of my favourites; I would need to read a few more volumes before passing final judgement but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. (Sorry Amy, I will return it eventually, I promise!)
My main gripe is that the girl character is useless and pointless and therefore annoying. Also, in a lot of the action scenes it’s hard to work out what’s happening; the art is hard to see/follow. None of the characters so far really interest me, but Tres is by far my favourite of the lot.
Is there a Happy Ending? I don’t know
Content Rating: PG As other reviewers have mentioned, there are vampires, violence, and some religious content. I guess it’s no more than you would typically find in a lot of manga in this sub-genre, but it may not be suitable for early teens. I would recommend for at least 14+.
Romance Rating: I don’t know (There isn’t really any so far, but perhaps that changes in later volumes…)...more
My first Lynn Kurland book and I found it a little hard to tell if it was supposed to be YA or adult fantasy/rRating: I liked it... a lot! (3.5 stars)
My first Lynn Kurland book and I found it a little hard to tell if it was supposed to be YA or adult fantasy/romance - it had elements of both but didn't fit neatly into either box. Which might actually be a good thing? It's nice to find a clean romance that isn't straight up YA.
It was a slower read than I'm used to and the style seemed to create a certain distance from the characters, but it was less noticeable as the story progressed and I was able to become immersed in the characters and their stories.
Looking back on the story I was surprised to find that nothing really happens! I'm not complaining, it's just a lot of book for not much plot. I think the plot is there to support the budding romantic relationship, rather than the relationship supporting the plot. Basically, it seems like they spend almost all the book travelling and picking up random companions (I still haven't sorted them all out from one another yet - there wasn't really any need to). (view spoiler)[The youngest addition to the party hasn't served any purpose at all yet - he had better do something significant in one of the next two books or else his character is just a waste of words. (And what's up with all the King's brothers? That's a lot of brothers to keep sorted out in your mind if they're not going to serve any real purpose.) (hide spoiler)]
I've read a few How-to-write books in my time and I have a sneaking suspicion the two or three incidents with the 'enemy' are only thrown in to keep some sense of urgency/danger in the back of our minds - certainly none of the incidents reveals anything critical or even really progresses the story in any way I can see. But that's ok because I'm not overly fond of violence anyway!
I was disappointed with the ending and can only forgive the author for the cliff-hanger and several loose ends (view spoiler)[(Why is Lothar in the castle? Why does he want to poison the King at his wedding feast? - I assume he was the one who slipped through the single man-sized hole in the defences - How did he know about Morgan? Why where the 'things' attacking Morgan & co, and the King in the beginning? Who did the magic that was undermining the defences belong to if not Lothar - Micah said it wasn't his - What are they going to do about the sword now it's all busted up? Why does the sword even work for Morgan? What the heck is the basis for a whopping great DRAGON turning up in the penultimate chapter without any foreshadowing at all? Sure we know about Nicholas, but he's a dragon?! And many more...) (hide spoiler)] because there are two more books in the series in which to tidy everything up. But even so I like each book in a series to be largely self-contained and have a neat ending.
Pet peeve: Why oh why did she name him Miach?! It took me 11 pages to realise it wasn't 'Micah' and by then it was so firmly fixed in my mind I spent the entire remainder of the book having to consciously think what his name was. Every. Single. Time. I think I'll just give in and call him Micah for the next two books... it'll be a lot easier!
Is there a Happy Ending?(view spoiler)[The ending is a cliff-hanger so I can't say for certain, but I'm fairly confident there will be in the end. (hide spoiler)]
Content Rating: PG Some violence and sword-fighting but not very graphic and no gore. Some mild cursing (the 'D-word' level). No bedroom scenes, maybe some kisses (can't remember).
Romance Rating: Good Once the book gets into the swing of things it's obvious where the romance is going to bloom, which saves time (Quite frankly they're the only two truly likable characters in the book). But it's the development of the relationship that makes the book worthwhile; everything in between is in my opinion just 'filler'. There is good build-up in this first book (view spoiler)[ and they both admit their feelings to themselves but not to each other in so many words (hide spoiler)] but I don't think we'll see the full romance until the next book, or - hopefully not! - the one after. Let's hope it's worth the wait.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
** This is a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book ** (Based on notes I made when I read it a couple of years ago.)
It was an ok read but not the aut** This is a QUICK REVIEW of my thoughts on the book ** (Based on notes I made when I read it a couple of years ago.)
It was an ok read but not the author’s best. The ending left some things unresolved (with regards to her sister in particular) and the main character ultimately seemed to give up on some of the things that previously were central to her very being and beliefs. She tried to stick to her guns which just alienated people so she seemed to 'settle' for less to make them happy. Not quite sure I like the moral of the story.
Is there a Happy Ending?(view spoiler)[Yes and No. I think the main character ended up happily ever after with the man of her dreams, but her family situation wasn’t that great, particularly with her younger sister who ‘goes off the rails’. I would’ve liked more closure on that. (hide spoiler)]
Content Rating: PG / M
I don’t remember exactly now, but I know there was at least one character sleeping with a man she wasn’t married to, which is unusual in a Christian fiction book. (But I don’t think any of their liaisons were written in the book, just mentioned by other characters.) I don’t remember if there was any foul language, violence or other sexual references, but if there was I think it would’ve been fairly mild.
Romance Rating: I can’t remember…
… but I think it was the fairly standard fare you would expect from this author; a little too over the top at times but always clean and tasteful. (How many kisses can there be that are deeper than the one before? Enough of that and they’ll eventually end up six feet under!)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more