I loved this brilliant, thought-provoking book. I have read the scriptural account of Adam and Eve countless times, but for all that, this book openedI loved this brilliant, thought-provoking book. I have read the scriptural account of Adam and Eve countless times, but for all that, this book opened my eyes to new aspects of the story that I had previously missed. That made it a fascinating read. Add the skillful crafting of Eve, Adam and Lucifer's characters and the book became compelling.
I loved that once banished form the garden, the entire story became a beautiful allegory for mortal life. The book moved made me smile, moved me to tears, had me clenching my fists in frustration, and then filled me with hope. Truly beautiful.
My only negative comment is that, I believe, it could have done with a professional editor to deal with some wordiness and to improve the tense. I really didn't like how parts of the book are written in present tense, while the rest is in past. But this was not enough to detract from my overall appreciation of the story, hence the five stars....more
Aspiring author Jane meets cover model Lucas at a writing conference. At first she detests him, b3.5 stars.
I was given this book for an honest review.
Aspiring author Jane meets cover model Lucas at a writing conference. At first she detests him, but circumstances push them together and they become friends, and then lovers. Unfortunately, true love never goes smoothly. Lucas is accused of some pretty heinous things by his ex-girlfriend. In the end, though, love triumphs.
I think secretly most girls want to be wooed by a superstar who treats them to the high life, peppered by paparazzi glitz. If you are one of them, then I think the book will resonate with you.
Overall, I enjoyed Me Tarzan-You Jane. The characters were strong and well-rounded. What I particularly liked was that each came with very different world views on relationships. Lucas is open and looking for love. Jane is closed, convinced her heart belonged only to her dead husband. The conflicts these differences caused were believable and worked really well for me.
What didn't work well was the drama injected by the ex-girlfriend. It felt like a typical romance trope — something has to derail the happy couple, so enter the lying ex. Part of the problem was — SPOILER ALERT — her accusation of rape and pregnancy were so transparent it just had me rolling my eyes. Any hot lawyer would insist on an in utero paternity tests and an ultrasound in front of witnesses before allowing her client to trash his reputation and sign away hundred of thousands of dollars in damages. That was totally unrealistic. It really spoilt the story for me.
I had other believability problems as well.
Jane is an aspiring author who writes under a pen name. Lucas tries to track down her real identity by googling her. He discovers that she has no Internet presence at all for her pen name, but still manages to find out who she really is. That also had me rolling eyes.
Finally, the book could do with a professional edit to add some vital missing comas and to sort out a few awkward sentences.
All that said, if you love celebrity romances then you will definitely love this....more
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
A book written from Tolemek and Cas's point of view is designed to please me. (I jI received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.
A book written from Tolemek and Cas's point of view is designed to please me. (I just love them as characters and as a couple) So I was delighted when Lindsay Buroker announced they would take the lead in Patterns in The Dark. Overall, I think they both did a fine job in telling an exciting Indiana Jones-type story filled with adventure, brain-eating cannibals, ancient ruins, and, of course, a very bad-tempered dragon with a very loud voice!
In this story, Tolemek is looking for his sister (what a fun twist with her and the dragon -- just loved the ending!) while Ridge wants to find and destroy the dragon's blood the Cofah are using to power their weapons. Still at odds with each other, the two heroes set off with Cas, Sardelle, Duck and Jaxi to a jungle island, where they encounter a host of threats waiting to bring them down. One of those threats was totally unexpected and opened the book up to some interesting character development -- especially for Cas. Without giving away spoilers, I loved how she handled the situation. I think she is going to have an interesting time of it in the next book in the series -- I can't wait to read it. I hope it is written from her pov. I also enjoyed meeting Rodge's dad. It explained a lot. And wait until you hear Ridge's middle name! it is worth reading the book just for that laugh.
Like all of Lindsay's books, Patterns is riddled with her usual witty banter and sharp dialogue. I never tire of reading it.
My only criticisms of this book are that it started a bit slowly for me, but the middle and ending more than made up for that. Also, it felt a bit short -- I wanted more, much more. Especially more of Tolemek's goo. I would loved to have seen more of his inventions in action -- more of him in the lab. But these are minor comments. I really enjoyed the book and can't wait to read the next. ...more
Yawn, yawn, yawn. I cannot think of a book that has used that tired old 'misunderstanding' romance trope as many times as this did book did. The charaYawn, yawn, yawn. I cannot think of a book that has used that tired old 'misunderstanding' romance trope as many times as this did book did. The characters were insipid — the MC kept bursting into tears— and the romance so tedious I wanted to start weeping, too. Oh well, you can't win them all....more
This book could have done with some editing and proofreading . Editing to remove about 50 pages of repeats and proofreading to sort out the appallingThis book could have done with some editing and proofreading . Editing to remove about 50 pages of repeats and proofreading to sort out the appalling punctuation and grammar...more
I loved this book. It pushed all the right buttons, making me laugh, cringe, smile, and even shed a tear. The story is such fun and the characters larI loved this book. It pushed all the right buttons, making me laugh, cringe, smile, and even shed a tear. The story is such fun and the characters larger than life. Based on the Cinderella story with a twist, it doesn't rely on the classic evil stepmother and stepsisters, so that makes it really refreshing.
Yes, some of the characters are stereotypical, but in all the best ways. Ella is a delight – I loved being in her head – and Cinder, aka Brian, is also a worthy, if somewhat arrogant, prince.
Best of all, the book explored some powerful issues about love, appearance, and beauty. Ella's injuries and emotional trauma were sensitively handled. I could feel her pain. But against that shade of dark was the delightful romance between her and Cinder, fraught with all the misunderstandings you would expect from this genre.
Now how's that for a cover? That is one serious hottie, our pilot Ridgewalker Zirkander, hero of this action-packed, steampunkish, magic-filled story.Now how's that for a cover? That is one serious hottie, our pilot Ridgewalker Zirkander, hero of this action-packed, steampunkish, magic-filled story. Actually, to be entirely accurate, Ridge shares the limelight with his sorceress girlfriend, Sardelle. And my two personal favourites from this Dragon's Blood series, Ahn and Tolemek, also tag along.
In Blood Charged, Ridge, Tolemek, and a team of flyers are sent into enemy territory to infiltrate a secret laboratory. Their goal? To steal a sample of impossibly rare dragon's blood being used in the war against Iskander. Ridge – being Ridge – manages to contrive to bring Sardelle along. Just as well, because nothing goes according to plan and our heroes are taxed to their absolute limits in their quest to survive.
This is good stuff. The action – and the humour – starts on page one and does not let up until the very last breath. Unlike some of Lindsay's other stories, there is nothing predictable in this one and the characters are on the back foot throughout. This isn't Sardelle, her magical soul blade sword, and her hot flyer boyfriend routing the enemy. They have to claw for every victory. It made for exciting reading.
Talking about the soul blade sword . . . Jaxi is wonderful in this story. I grow to like her more and more with each tale and I really hope she meets her dragon . . .
It was also masterful the way Buroker used the sword to merge the story each time the characters got separated. I don't know if that makes sense, but I can't tell you more without giving away spoilers. You will just have to read it to find out more.
What didn't I like about this book? To be honest, I was disappointed that Ahn and Tolemek had subsidiary roles. They are by far my favourite characters and I would have loved to have seen more of them in action. I'm really hoping the next book is either from their POV, or at least has their POVs included because they both have so much to offer to the action. And I'm secretly in love with Tolemek.
That said, Blood Charged left me eager for more because, while the main goal of the story was reached by the end, there are a thousand more questions that have opened up. I know the next instalment is going to be fun and I'm excited to follow the adventure. Happily, Lindsay churns books out at an alarming rate (I wonder if she actually sleeps?) so I probably won't have long to wait.
So, number of stars for Blood Charged? Four. (Okay, that's just me being peevish. It would have got five if I'd seen more of Tolemek and Ahn, but not everyone is necessarily as obsessed about them as I am)...more
I'm really captivated by the storyline here, but man, I wish this book had been edited properly. It makes for painful reading.
A classic line: Braith,I'm really captivated by the storyline here, but man, I wish this book had been edited properly. It makes for painful reading.
A classic line: Braith, the hero, is trying to persuade Aria to eat something. He says, "Eat Aria."
My daughter, reading over my shoulder, saw that and said. "Who is he commanding to eat Aria?"
What could I say? That the dumb author doesn't know that you place a comma before a name when writing in English?
'Fraid so. Stevens hasn't the first clue how to punctuate a piece of prose and she didn't bother with an editor. It's such a shame because the story is worth reading. I will try book three, but if there is no improvement, then that's me done with this series.
This is a quick, fun read with a bit of suspense and a bit of mystery thrown in. I really liked Mike as a character. I wasn't so keen on Sara, but heThis is a quick, fun read with a bit of suspense and a bit of mystery thrown in. I really liked Mike as a character. I wasn't so keen on Sara, but he loved her, so that was good enough for me.
As with so many contemporary romances, there are the obligatory sex scenes, which can get pretty tedious. Just how many times must we read blow-by-blow (Pun intended) accounts of the same characters having sex? But I'm probably in the minority with this, so I will just have to content myself with skipping pages to get to the real meat of the story....more
There is just so much wrong with this book: 1. endless repetition, 2 punctuation errors, 3. faulty grammar, 4. belief-defying love at first sight – moThere is just so much wrong with this book: 1. endless repetition, 2 punctuation errors, 3. faulty grammar, 4. belief-defying love at first sight – more like Stockholm Syndrome than real love. 5. and a very a very weak heroine who claims to be so bold and tough, but who makes no attempt to escape from her vampire master.
Still, I'm intrigued enough with the ending to want to know more – and I suppose when you are in the business of selling books that's all that counts. Maybe. Maybe not.
Anyway, as frustrating as reading this unedited book was, I am now hooked enough to read the next. Hopefully if enough people buy the second book – the first one was free – then Stevens will be inspired to spend some money on an editor to sort out the many, many problems....more
This book was an unexpected treat. I had no idea what it was about when I started it and I really enjoyed if. The characters are richly sketched, theThis book was an unexpected treat. I had no idea what it was about when I started it and I really enjoyed if. The characters are richly sketched, the work building amazingly realistic and the magic fascinating. A really good read....more