This book is amazing and unique like absolutely nothing I have read before. It startsThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book is amazing and unique like absolutely nothing I have read before. It starts with this dedication:
"For all those who didn't want a story about a man who acted like a caveman, but a story about an actual caveman!"
Shay Savage also proceeds to explain to us that Ehd is not a real form of caveman. He is not historically accurate. He looks like a homo-sapien, but he has absolutely no ability to communicate through language or signs. So you have to be able to suspend your disbelief.
The entire book, minus the epilogue, is written in Ehd's first-person POV, so that is another reason to suspend your disbelief. He cant form a sentence or understand anything that Elizabeth, Beh, says to him, but he can think very eloquently. Although, I can accept that this is what he sees and feels, if he were able to describe it. But perhaps it would have been better written in third-person POV. Either 1st or 3rd, I love that it is solely from Ehd's POV, it gives us such a unique perspective. When we first meet Elizabeth, its clear she is from the future from the way that Ehd describes her jeans and eyeshadow, but we have no idea where she came from or who she was. I suspected she was young because of the blue and pink eyeshadow. She yells and shouts at Ehd when he takes her back to his cave, but we have no idea what she is saying. I can imagine why she is afraid, but we can only guess from Ehd's observations. As time passes, we know exactly how Ehd feels about her. How she has become his #1 priority. How everything he does is the provide for her and protect her. But we can only guess how Beh feels, as Ehd does. She isn't afraid of him anymore, but she sometimes cries, and we can assume it is because she is homesick, but we don't know. Ehd thinks she must be missing her family. She must have gotten lost in the forest and separated from her tribe so he just hugs her and rocks her till she stops crying.
"I want her to be here with me. I want her to be close to me as I work or fish, and I want her to lie next to me in the furs at night. In my mind, she is with me always and forever. Finally, its clear to me that I want her for more than children."
Elizabeth tries to teach Ehd a few words but it just does not work. Apparently, among Ehd's people, people have designated sounds. So, when she tries to teach him her name, the best he can come up with is Beh. When he first tries to mate with her she yells no so he learns that that is a bad sound. When she makes that sound she is mad. Even though in the future she uses the word in innocuous ways, he always thinks it means she is mad. She eventually tries to teach him the word kiss, the best he can come up with is khzz, and he knows that if he makes that sound she will kiss him, but I don't think he understands that the sound is the kiss. And lastly, she tries to teach him the word love. The best he can come up with is luff, and I don't think he understands that sound at all. But he knows that when he makes it, it makes her smile, and he loves to see her smile. So, in a way, when he says it to her he is doing exactly what the word intends, and showing her that he loves her. *swoon*
"In the darkness of the cave, there is a light inside her eyes that makes my heart beat faster. I know the emotions I see there are also reflected in my own gaze though I have never felt this way before. Beh softly repeats the same three sounds, followed by my name-sound."
The relationship between Ehd and Beh is just so amazing. The fact that they cannot communicate means that all their love has to be shown through actions. Ehd is always trying to provide for her. Hunting, fishing, collecting wood. Beh cooks for him, bathes him, brushes his hair. Its all so basic but effective and beautiful. I felt and saw their love so much that I cried often. There was so much love that it was just bursting out of me. And I don't just mean a little bit of tears. I mean have a box of tissues handy. It wasn't quite ugly crying either, but at one part I was gasping and I had to put the book down for awhile to recover.
Although there was a lot of sex at the beginning of their relationship, enough to probably garner an erotica label, it isn't all about the fast, passionate stage of their relationship. The book covers their entire life together and eventually the sex is no longer described, as their life expands and begins to encompass so much more. Its too large-scale and epic of a love story to really be an erotica. It surpasses what that label can contain. It is one of the greatest love stories I have ever read.
"If she doesn't wake up, then I will just lie with her until I don't wake up either." ...more
I'd like to say this was an amazing, beautiful ending to an awesome series. But its not the end! There is another book! How is this possible? How canI'd like to say this was an amazing, beautiful ending to an awesome series. But its not the end! There is another book! How is this possible? How can we go on from this? But regardless, this was unbelievable. The best in the series so far.
I know that I must address the love-triangle. It gets all the attention around these books and I would really like to add my opinion on the matter, so I will get right to it. The first two books in the series focused on Ren and Kishan respectively, and although I loved Kishan after Tiger's Quest, there was no sign that Kelsey would. She remained faithful to Ren. But once I read Tiger's Voyage I was pretty torn. I grew to love Kishan even more, and I was pretty upset at Ren for how he handled the situation. He gave Kelsey up way too easily in my opinion. But Kelsey clearly still loved him, so I had to give him credit for that. Although it almost seemed like she had no choice in the matter. She loved him beyond reason. And I found Kishan to be a better person, far more grounded, easier to talk to, and a lot of fun. But it was Kelsey's choice, not mine, and I guess Ren was more her type. More sensitive and fond of grand gestures. But, although he had lost his memory at the time, I felt like he had no right to be upset over her relationship with Kishan, when he was the one who gave her up. He had still loved her at the time, memory or not.
But then we get to Destiny, and I start to see where the Kelsey hate comes from. I still love her. She is one of my fave heroines because she is so incredibly brave, determined, stubborn, and smart, and even a little snarky at times. But she seriously mistreated Kishan. I understand if she didnt want to be with Ren. Because he hurt her. Because she was afraid. Because she felt she didnt deserve happiness when so many others hadnt found it. But that did not mean that she had to pretend to love Kishan more than she actually did. She could have decided to be alone. She could have waited until their journey was over before deciding on either brother. She could have done so many things besides leading Kishan on, when it was so clear that it was not going to last. She could barely get through the day without Ren. How could she think she could get through forever?(view spoiler)[ And agreeing to marry Kishan?! That is forever, but their situation was not. I dont understand why she thought that she would feel the same way about herself and her situation a year from then, ten years from then. She could have told him it was too soon, to wait until after their final journey. There is no excuse for committing yourself to someone, when you are in love with another. It was a promise she would never have been able to keep. (hide spoiler)] Kishan deserved better.
And Kishan is the one that made the sacrifice in the end. Kelsey always said that Ren had a superhero complex, but he didnt. He only risked his life for her, never for the mission, for their destiny, or for Durga. Ren is just as bad as Kelsey if not worse when it comes to all-consuming love. And I'll admit, grand gestures arent my thing, but Ren could be really sweet. I did love him first, in Tiger's Curse. I seriously swooned when he gave her the fireflower in the fire world. And I was really moved when he leapt in front of the gae bolga, and I saw the severe pain he was going through, all because he loved her. And Ren was extremely brave and was amazing in battle.
But Kishan is still my hero in the end. The more noble and selfless brother. I would never want to diminish Kishan's love for Kelsey, but he was willing to look at the bigger picture, willing to make the sacrifice that Ren refused. But I'm sure there was still a part of him that only did it because he knew it was what was best for Kelsey. And that is why I think the ending was so perfect. (view spoiler)[I knew that Kelsey would end up with Ren in the end, it was inevitable, but I really didnt want to see Kishan hurt. This way, the choice was Kishan's, not Kelsey's, and he eventually found happiness. I really appreciate that we got to see the letter from Kishan to Kelsey and Ren, and how he said that part of him loved her for centuries. As I said before, I dont want to diminish Kishan's love for Kelsey. I would have felt betrayed if he had found someone that he loved more than her. Colleen found the perfect alternative. (hide spoiler)]
This series, and this book in particular, is so emotionally engaging, with characters that I love so much. It was so important to me that the ending be just right so that my heart would not be broken, and Colleen nailed it. I cant even say how much I loved the love in this book. A few poor decisions on Kelsey's part cannot overshadow the depth of the characters and the love that all three have for each other.
I feel like there isnt much else I can say about this book. Everyone who has read even one book in the series, knows the reason it is so appealing is the unique focus on eastern mythology and its amazing adventure. And Destiny continues that trend and took it further. Their visit to the fire world was reminiscent of the journeys in book 1 and 2, but their journey to the past and their final battle against Lokesh was epic and amazing. The action and the fulfillment of destiny was breathtaking. Colleen really outdid herself and I really really hope and pray that Tiger's Dream will be a worthy successor, because I really cant think of a better way to end this incredible series. Thank you Colleen for officially writing my second favourite series of all time.
I think I liked this a bit more than the first. This one featured alternating POVs between Tory and Cynthia, which was interesting. In the first one CI think I liked this a bit more than the first. This one featured alternating POVs between Tory and Cynthia, which was interesting. In the first one Cynthia was only a supporting character. We come to understand her better in this one, and her romance with Jack is adorable. I prefer them over Tory and Allarde. Probably because Jack is more my type. Allarde is rather dull, although I enjoy both Tory and Cynthia. But both romances are very subdued. If you are looking for a hot romance, you wont find it here. Just sweet words, a few kisses, and some hand holding.
But the story is where this books excels. A group of teenagers use magic to help fight nazis. It is extremely exciting and action packed. All the young mages are incredibly talented and I love seeing the ingenious ways they use their magic. The next book might feature alternating POVs between Tory and Rebecca, since there are hints of a romance between her and Nick, that would be a way to flesh it out like they did for Cynthia in this book. But I would rather see more of Jack and Cynthia....more
This would be 4.5/5 if we had the option. The cover kind of turned me off at first. BuThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This would be 4.5/5 if we had the option. The cover kind of turned me off at first. But one of my RL friends recommended it to me and she lent me her copy, so I really had to read it. And I am glad I did! Ignore the cover. This reads like any other YA paranormal romance.
This is one twisted book! No pun intended. Its a romance/post-apocalyptic/alien invasion/time-travel/vampire/ninja book. The story was a combination of pretty much everything you can think of, which actually made it feel incredibly original. And it had almost endless movie and TV references. The main character even named her cat Jayne, after Jayne Cobb from Firefly. A nice tense story with great romance.
I enjoyed the fact that their relationship was slow to develop. Very fun to read. It was obvious they wanted each other from the beginning, but being a life-sucking alien-spawn puts a damper on things, and it took forever before he finally gave in. And he still couldnt do it without her persuasion, which is one of my favourite parts of the book, her pleading. You gotta love when a guy doesnt wanna hurt a girl and she doesnt care. Haha, that part maybe isnt so original, but surrounding circumstances still were. Such as, it wasnt a matter of self control, no amount of love would control him. In the end, he does hurt her and she has to leave him. Sort of. ;)
The dialogue between the two did sound very teen mushy mushy at times, but that is my only complaint, and it was only sometimes. Also the ending is, in a way, bittersweet. But might be being a bit picky about that....more
Wow, that was a lot to take in. It was so complicated! I could hardly wrap my mind around it. I cant imagine a lot of young adults who could keep up wWow, that was a lot to take in. It was so complicated! I could hardly wrap my mind around it. I cant imagine a lot of young adults who could keep up with it, except the very intelligent and very ambitious. I would most definitely not categorize this as YA, even if the author himself does, he must have a much higher opinion of young adults. It contains very complicated theories on time travel and space travel, a young protagonist who is almost as genius and difficult to understand as Ender himself, and such a large and complicated story and world of characters and ideas that I cant even begin to explain it.
Whenever I read a book I try to imagine it as a movie. What kind of audience would it attract, what movies it could be compared to, a possible cast, etc. But I cant really imagine this as a movie. If it was, it would most certainly not be a children's movie, or even a teen movie. It is so ambitious and confusing that I would dare to say it would most likely attract the same audience as Inception.
It reminds me of Ender's Game, as I already mentioned, but also of The Worthing Saga, one of Orson Scott Card's earliest works, which had some similar topics and gave me a similar sense of confusion (trying to stay spoiler free). Basically, they both give you very little information, a little bit at a time, that you have to slowly piece together as read, before you can even figure out something as basic as the setting of the story. If you've read The Worthing Saga, then you probably know what I mean. Not that there are any plot holes or inconsistencies. Not that I could detect. It just keeps your brain really revving the whole time, trying to keep up. This book is not what you want to read when you are looking for some down time.
I mostly gave this its 4 star rating because of the great accomplishment which was writing it, and I am a great fan of the genre, but it was perhaps a bit slow, or perhaps I should say steady. I am curious to find out what happens next, as it is a planned series, but its a bit dramatic, some adventure in there, but really no action. At no point was my heart racing, which can actually happen quite often for me. But it had a great group of characters I really enjoy. I look forward to reading more....more
I feel this deserves a 3.5/5 but I will go with 4 so not to give the impression I didnThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I feel this deserves a 3.5/5 but I will go with 4 so not to give the impression I didnt enjoy it with a 3.
I really enjoyed the writing in this, and the pace was so fast which I think had something to do with why I finished it so quickly. Every chapter starts right in the action and there is no time wasted. The story was very unique and like nothing I had read before, although rather short. And I really enjoyed the female lead, Tory. In a lot of YA romance today the female leads tend to be too ordinary, probably to encourage the readers, "This could happen to you too." But its rather unrealistic that a powerful, handsome prince or vampire will fall in love with an unremarkable girl. There was this awesome moment where Tory started to realize that the tall, dark, and handsome stranger was giving her too much attention, and instead of blushing and getting all flustered, she said, "Is it my imagination, or do you often watch me in a way that is not casual?" Haha, I love her for that! She is so gutsy.
The main downside to this book is the romance and the romantic interest, Allarde. He catches her eye almost immediately and we know that that is the setup to making him the romantic interest of the book. But then it takes several chapters before they meet, and then they have very few interactions. Their relationship doesnt start to develop until over half way through the book. But that isnt a bad thing if you're not reading it for the romance. It focuses mostly on Tory's adventure for the first half, and thats ok. Once the romance does start, it is sweet, but underdeveloped and rushed. As is Allarde. I dont feel like we really know him as a character, only as an extension of Tory. It is unfortunate that I have found so few YA romance as fully and realistically developed as in The Iron King. But, Allarde has potential and I look forward to discovering his character more in Dark Passage....more
This book is long! Its not really that long at 579 pages, but I read it on an ereaderThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book is long! Its not really that long at 579 pages, but I read it on an ereader and if I didnt know better I would have guessed it was much longer. Its just that so much happened! From Oxford, to Sept-Tours, to Madison. To think about the times in the Bodleian now, it feels like ages ago.
The story is large and ambitious, more so than I have come to expect from PNR. The romance was definitely consuming and wont disappoint PNR lovers, but it is not the focus. There was so much mystery and danger and discovery. I loved all the history that was incorporated into the story, and the manuscripts that Diana studied. They sounded so beautiful and I have always been fascinated by history, especially art history. Diana was studying the history of science, but those manuscripts sounded like art as well. And there is such a wonderful, large cast of characters. I loved them all, and I hope we get to see them again in the next book.
Considering it was an adult PNR I was surprised there was no sex, but not disappointed. There is enough actual romance that the lack of sex was not felt. There was one sexy scene though, but nothing explicit. I would be ok with my teenagers reading this (if I had any).
I really look forward to reading Shadow of Night, and their adventure through history. Although, I really did not understand the last chapter of the book. The four pages with Sarah. What happened? Maybe I will understand it once I read the next book....more
I loved this book! So much more than I expected. It was primarily a pirate adventure.This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I loved this book! So much more than I expected. It was primarily a pirate adventure. Sabrina's love for Howel is strong. It crosses time and space and all that, but you really can't survive in the 18th century Caribbean unless you take the threats to your life seriously. Malnutrition, scurvy, malaria, other pirates, the Navy, pretty much everyone you meet. Most of the book focused on that. Survival and pirate activities. And I really, really enjoyed it. It made me think of Pirates of the Caribbean so much! It didn't help that Sabrina kept making Johnny Depp references. :P
"We are free princes now, and we have the authority to make war on the whole world, and this, my conscience tells me, is what we should do."
One of the things I loved most about this book is that it at least tried to be realistic. In the beginning, before Sabrina time travels to 1718, she is on a cruise with a friend who is reading a pirate Harlequin and Sabrina makes fun of her, telling her how real pirates were disgusting, disease ridden, and likely smelled foul. And once Sabrina has her first hand experience, she finds that it is all true. Even Sabrina's noble pirates, Edward and Howel. Sure, the book goes to the trouble to tell us that Edward has all his teeth, and Howel is good looking underneath all the dirt, but they are still pirates.
I really enjoyed Edward, he was so much more subdued than Howel, and it was cute how easy it was for Sabrina to make him blush. I really hope we get to see him again. If Sabrina is going to Madagascar, I imagine we will. And Howel was so awesome and larger than life. A nearly unstoppable pirate Captain, if not for his weakness for Sabrina. And a tad mysterious too. A pirate Captain doesn't have a lot of time to just sit around and talk to his sweetheart. A lot of her time consisted of watching him from afar. The romance was very slow to develop and there was no explicit content. They were having sex eventually, but it was always off-"screen". And, as I said, the romance was not the main focus of the story. But I was invested in it nonetheless.
"It's more for me peace of mind, lass. Because you are me heart."
I am confused about how or if Sabrina will be reunited with Howel, but I am thrilled to discover that the author is planning a sequel to this book. It must have much more adventure and an HEA!...more
I would have preferred a third-person omniscient narrator for this story, but that is not a big deal. It was an incredibly interesting story, but I prI would have preferred a third-person omniscient narrator for this story, but that is not a big deal. It was an incredibly interesting story, but I preferred the first half. It was more interesting before Clare and Henry were married, in her time, and they were visiting in the clearing. It was more unusual. Once they got married it got somewhat boring, like reading the life of an average married couple, not very eventful. Sure, he occasionally disappeared, but it was usually not significant to what was happening. It mostly dealt with them trying to conceive. That is just not very entertaining. But, all in all, an interesting book....more
This book was amazing! It did funny things to my heart. I really enjoyed Juliet Immortal, but one of my favourite things about it was Romeo, even though he was the villain in the first book. He was clearly a tortured soul, and they make the absolute best love interests! So I knew I would enjoy this one even more, and I did.
At first Romeo's assignment was just to make Ariel believe in love. It didnt matter whether or not he loved her in return. It had an alternating POV between Romeo and Ariel, and whenever it was on an Ariel chapter, I would forget he was faking it, and I would totally be swooning along with Ariel. Oh.My.Gosh! This guy knows how to woo! Then it would switch back and I would remember he was faking it, but only in the beginning. He had serious feelings for her fairly early on, but it took forever for him to realize it! He was always like, "It's been so long, I dont remember, is this what love feels like?" It was so sweet to watch him falling in love without realizing it, but his wooing is still my favourite part. Jeez, this guy is like magic! No wonder his name is synonymous with romance. And once his love becomes real, he only gets better!
“My chest aches, but not with fear or sadness. With hope. With love. I love her. I love her, and it is better than anything else I can remember. "You found me.”
I mostly really liked Ariel too. She was a very broken girl who really needed to be loved. But the Ambassadors were right about her potential for evil, and needing to win her over to good before it was too late. I hated seeing how easily she turned against Romeo. If their love was so amazing she should not have doubted him. She should have stayed true to Romeo! But luckily, Romeo remains awesome, and loves her and forgives her and that is what she really needed to permanently banish the darkness from her soul. And they live happily ever after.
This was a great conclusion to Cade and Poppy's story. We visit a third new world, meeThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This was a great conclusion to Cade and Poppy's story. We visit a third new world, meet new characters, and have new adventures. I loved the setting in this one. I have always been intrigued by the time period and I loved seeing Cade adapt so well. Except for his jealousy. I thought he was being very foolish about that.
I liked Colin and Pearl and I am sad that I wont see them again. In a way, this story felt incomplete or that it could be revisted in the future. Cade and Poppy are safe and together and happy, but Angus is still out there, and the Council is still corrupt. They saved themselves but not their world. I suppose that is more than I should expect from them, but I am just used to stories where the characters go all the way to solve all the problems they see, especially in all the dystopians I have read.
Although a sacrifice was made in order for them to be together, I am so happy that they finally are. The ending reminded me why I loved Distraction so much. It was my favourite from this series, and this would be my second. I felt like I didnt see enough of Cade and Poppy together in this one. While they were on their mission in the past they didnt get a lot of opportunity to be together and I was beginning to really miss that by the end of the book.
Another reason why this story felt like it could be revisited is because of Mari and Jackson. I would love for Mari to find happiness like her sister but it was unclear whether or not that had happened. All the book said was that they had become inseparable. That's a word usually used to describe friends or children, and I dont know if I would be reading too much into it to assume they were more than friends. But I choose to assume that they are.
So, a great conclusion to the series, with a bit of tragedy mixed in with their happines. And another great book from Tess Oliver. I will continue to read more of her books....more
This book went in really unexpected directions. I really didnt see this coming. I though they would be in Montana for the whole of book 2 again. But aThis book went in really unexpected directions. I really didnt see this coming. I though they would be in Montana for the whole of book 2 again. But a lot happened, they traveled to a few different distant places, and the fantasy elements got much heavier. But it was so short :( and I wish Cade and Poppy would have had more time to be together. But the scene near the end was totally heartbreaking and their love is totally epic. I loved that. :) I cannot wait to read book #3, but I dont know how it will work out. Poppy admit that if it hadnt been for Angus, she never would have met Cade. But maybe they will be immune to the changes. When dealing with time travel you can sort of make up your own rules. ...more
I dont have a lot to say about this, but I will say that I loved Alrik and Cal. Alrik was very sweet and demanding, Cal was very funny and candid. AndI dont have a lot to say about this, but I will say that I loved Alrik and Cal. Alrik was very sweet and demanding, Cal was very funny and candid. And the story was original and interesting. But dont judge this book by its cover. The hot torso may lead you to believe that it is a hot and sexy read when it fact it is not. There is zero sex in this book. There is a lot of angst and romance, but no sex. Although there is some sexual dialogue, so I would recommend this to all but the youngest and most sensitive readers.
Although the ending seemed to be setting up a sequel about Valentius, there is as of yet no sign of a sequel....more
I enjoyed this more than Camille! An ending like this had, has a way of instantly connThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I enjoyed this more than Camille! An ending like this had, has a way of instantly connecting you with the characters, making you feel what they feel, even more so than a happy ending. I still prefer happy endings, but this is only book one, so there is time for that later.
I can tell Tess Oliver likes her men a little bit naughty, a little bit cocky, but with a heart of gold. Cade and Nathaniel are very similar in that sense. And I cannot blame her for that. They are amazing characters. I think I might prefer Distraction over Camille, because Cade is just amazing. He really broke my heart in the end.
"Cade grabbed my hand and pressed it against his chest. "You are right here forever, and no magic tricks or sorcery can pry you from my heart.""
I always enjoy a good time travel story, seeing someone try to find their way in a new time, as an outsider. Its like us, the readers, looking into their world of magic from the outside, and it helps us relate to the character because we are outsiders too. And I especially enjoyed the fact that Poppy time traveled and is still in our past. I thought she would time travel to our present day, but she ended up in the old west and that just made the story more interesting. Seeing two different historical time periods in the same book.
Angus is a truly menacing villain and I was dreading his reappearance for the whole book. Just waiting for him to arrive and ruin everything for Poppy (love her name btw!) and Cade. This book was sooo sweet and romantic and I can only imagine what will happen in book 2! Its gonna be awesome because Poppy will be fighting for Cade, and Cade is gonna do something awesome like overcome magic for her! Haha, cannot wait!
I have a few more books by Tess Oliver on my Kindle and I will have to move them up my TBR. I already loved her Camille series but I always feel like I need to read at least two stories from an author to really confirm my sentiments. Now I know for sure she is awesome. :P Thank you so much Tess for this book, which she gifted to me!...more
This book was a lot of fun. Very exciting with an original idea. The only other time I have heard of people time traveling without the help of a devicThis book was a lot of fun. Very exciting with an original idea. The only other time I have heard of people time traveling without the help of a device was in The Time Traveler's Wife, which was an excellent book but it was pretty contemporary. More magical realism than fantasy. Ruby Red is thoroughly a fantasy, with time traveling to spectacular historical settings using their own innate abilities or with the help of a mysterious magical clock, secret societies and conspiracies, ghost, gargoyles, and special mind powers. It had everything, action, mystery, humour, beautiful dresses, and a little romance with a thoroughly swoon-worthy guy.
I really like Gwenyth a lot. She is very spunky, like a lot of heroines who dont know there is anything special about them, but then are suddenly thrust into a strange new world. I also really like Gideon's calm, cool exterior and how he so very occasionally cracks a joke. You can tell there is much more to him underneath. But what? I am still a little suspicious about him. We didnt really get to know him very well or discover his real intentions.
The book felt extremely short. Goodreads says it was 324 pages, but I read it on my reader and it felt so much shorter than that. It is hard to believe it was 324 pages. It felt like just the intro to the story, like the book should not have finished yet. The series would probably best be read as one long book. Since the story and the characters were still in the development stage, I hadnt yet gotten a clear picture of Gideon, but I really hope he is good and can be trusted. I would also love to believe that what happened between them at the end was real, but it seemed too fast. He might be up to something. I cant wait to read Sapphire Blue. I would read it immediately if it werent for the fact that the English translation hasnt been published yet. :( I can foresee a lot of adventure and danger in their future and it is going to be thoroughly exciting....more
I enjoyed the concept of this, but it moved way too fast, and I really hated Muffin. I know not everyone can write a romance in less than 100 pages asI enjoyed the concept of this, but it moved way too fast, and I really hated Muffin. I know not everyone can write a romance in less than 100 pages as well as Laura Kaye, but I really had trouble believing their relationship. Their second meeting and she strips for him, their third and they have sex. And these meetings are brief, so nothing else really happens besides the stripping and the sex. Plus they cant speak to each other. I think this would have been much improved if they could speak and had a few conversations at least.
As I said, I also hated Muffin, and Muffin is the one thing, beside time travel, that links the books in this series together. She really bothered me and brought the book down IMO. But it was brief and I really enjoyed the concept. I love romance and time travel and this is the lowest rated in the series, so I intend to give the rest of the series a try....more
**Edit: OK, I read the summaries more carefully and now I see all three books feature the same character. Damn, I was hoping it would be 3 different characters and they would fall in love with Mr. Rochester, Arthur Dimmesdale (with a different ending, obviously), and The Phantom (or Raoul, but The Phantom would be cooler). But one girl cant fall in love with all three. So, not a romance series?...more
I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and gave it 3.5/5, so I was pretty excited to read this, but not frothing at the mouth. A Discovery of WitchesI really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches and gave it 3.5/5, so I was pretty excited to read this, but not frothing at the mouth. A Discovery of Witches was fairly long and took me 5 days to read, which is long. But I have been working on this one for 9 days! And I only got to page 383 before I gave up. They arent the longest books out there, not by a long shot, but they are far longer than they have to be. They are so slow and drawn out. It wasnt as bad in A Discovery of Witches, but Shadow of Night is far slower and more boring and just so tedious. I am still a bit curious what happened, but not curious enough to put up with another 200 pages.
And I could not stand Marlowe! After what he did to Diana I expected Matthew to kill him! Even betraying her to Hubbard was bad enough, but trying to skewer her shouldnt go unpunished, especially when you are a vampire! But what does Matthew do? He forgives him! And by the end of the book they are friends again, patting each other on the back! Marlowe wasnt even worth keeping around. He was so annoying, and childish and bitter. Same goes for Phillipe. Everyone spoke of him like the sun shined out of his ass, but I found him annoying, condescending and arrogant, not to mention controlling! Ugh, it just wasnt worth it for me....more