I really don't like how the promotion of this series is being handled. The long periods of time between releases. The lack of information and the lack...moreI really don't like how the promotion of this series is being handled. The long periods of time between releases. The lack of information and the lack of participation from the authors. I feel a distinct lack of appreciation and as if the authors are alienating their fans. I will continue to read it because the second and third books were absolutely epic. But I have not been pushing this series as much as I used to because I never get any response. And the covers are absolutely horrific. I have seen a lot better indie cover. Do they not even try? This must be a passion project, but it really doesn't look like enough effort is given.(less)
Smiley will be the first primate to get a book. Good for him. :) Although I was hoping for Jericho, I still like Smiley.
Scary cover IMO. One thing tha...moreSmiley will be the first primate to get a book. Good for him. :) Although I was hoping for Jericho, I still like Smiley.
Scary cover IMO. One thing that I dont think I could ever find attractive is the bulging neck. :P I imagined Smiley a little more sleek. Probably because of his fun personality, and because when we first met him in Slade he was swinging through the trees. This guy would bring down the tree. He looks more like how I imagined Darkness, Jericho, or Vengeance. Some scary dudes.(less)
This book wasn't really what I expected, and although it took a bit of time for me to...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
This book wasn't really what I expected, and although it took a bit of time for me to acclimate myself to its world, I really enjoyed the story.
On Parseon, males rule. But not just males, Alpha males. When a male hits puberty he takes a psychological test to discover if he is an Alpha or a Beta. The Alphas go on to get all the best jobs and ruling positions. The Betas get all the supporting and service jobs. Alphas and Betas marry, or are Anointed, but even then the Alphas rule at home and are allowed, and even expected, to beat their Betas when they disobey. Women only come into the picture once an Alpha decides he wants a son. Woman are viewed as lower than animals. They are an unfortunately necessary part of reproduction. Most men wouldn't touch a woman if they didn't have to, although once a female, or Breeder, is bought and brought into the household, both Alpha and Beta are allowed to take pleasure from her, but only the Alpha is allowed to have vaginal intercourse. Its really an awful place to live for both women and Betas and it was a lot to stomach.
When Dak went to buy Omra, he found her at a Breeder Containment Facility, which basically seemed like a dungeon. He instantly feels pity for the women he sees there, and especially Omra. He sees an intelligent light in her eyes that he cant resist. And when he takes her home she continues to defy everything he was taught about women; their inferiority and mental deficiency. The things he learns from Omra, and the things they discover together could change all of Parseon.
I really had trouble with the language though. I think with all of Parseons stiff rules, Cara Bristol wanted to use formal language to further portray the people of Parseon, but I had a lot of trouble understand what was said and I had to use the Define feature on my eReader multiple times. It seemed like the most archaic word was always chosen to say something.
I really enjoyed Omra and Dak although their relationship is not perfect by 'Terran' standards, but I hope to see more of them in Terran. Although it will be about different characters, Dak is a major player, and if Marlix is going down the same path I cant imagine them not working together at some point.
"She provided the answer to the question he hadn't known until now he'd been asking."(less)
I was really looking forward to reading this because I found the concept so interestin...moreThis review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven
I was really looking forward to reading this because I found the concept so interesting. I wanted to see a girl who didn't understand "why she breaks the rules, just to be near him." The idea of a girl not knowing anything about boys, having never even seen one before, yet falling for one all the same, without even knowing he was a boy. It sounded like a 'love conquers all' type of story, which is pretty much the whole reason why I read romance. The more obstacles a love has to overcome in order to survive, the happier I will be in the end.
Although I still enjoyed this story overall, it ended up not being what I had thought at all. The mystery of Taylor's gender is actually solved within the first few chapters, after he reveals the truth to Mary. No one else knows, but it is no longer the obstacle it was. Actually, I suppose his true gender is more of an obstacle than being a girl ever was, because Mary has been taught to fear men her whole life. She didn't even know what the relationship between a man and a woman could be. They figured it out through bits and pieces of surviving information and instinct. Once Mary comes to terms with who and what Taylor is, and her eyes begin to open to the true potential of life, they decide to strike out on their own.
The time they spent together in Section Seven was both sweet and painful. I enjoyed seeing them try to live the domestic life together, and learning new things about each other. But that inevitably leads to clashes of opinion, like any new couple would. But with their lives always at risk being separated could cost them dearly, and they almost lose everything when they stumble upon another group of survivors. I did get pretty frustrated at times with the amount of near misses, the amount of times Mary and Taylor got separated and continued to come so close to being reunited, but not quite making it. The story felt more like a post-apoc than anything else, as Mary and Taylor attempt to survive in a world ravaged by disease.
The narration and characters felt a bit flat and two-dimensional, although I did appreciate certain things about them. Mary and Taylor were very dedicated to each other, even if they didnt tell each other soon enough, and some things could have been avoided if they had only known how the other felt. I especially loved hearing all the sweet things Taylor thought about Mary. How she was the sun in a world of gray. I still cared a great deal about them, and I was nearly pulling by hair out with worry at times. It was a simply story about finding love in a broken world. Not highly recommended, but I am glad I read it.
“I love you. Not your body, not your face." I hold her hand to my chest. "As you are. As you will be.”(less)