I'm not going to rehash the story here. For one thing, there are so many twists and turns, new things coming out every few pages, and I don't want to...moreI'm not going to rehash the story here. For one thing, there are so many twists and turns, new things coming out every few pages, and I don't want to spoil that.
At it's simplest, it's a sweet love story. Michael, an all American track star meets Christy, and enigmatic mute and there is instant chemistry. As Michael slowly gets to know Christy, he gradually learns of an appalling history of abuse and degradation. Christy is in a very bad place and Michael gradually helps him take baby steps towards healing while fending off psychotic homophobes, getting in with the biker crowd and finally coming up against the people who abused Christy. Given they are at the highest level of the Greek elite, including government officials, it isn't easy and when a scumbag with diplomatic immunity snatches Christy and tries to take him back to the life he escaped, Michael simply won't give up until he's exhausted the last of his strength to rescue his pretty Christy.
This is really the very bare bones of a story that totally gripped me from the first to the last word. It was by no means a quick or an easy read but there wasn't a single moment I lost interest.
If I have a criticism, it's that everyone was too calm when the horror was unfolding. Michael, a somewhat sheltered seventeen year old, doesn't turn a hair when a psychotic homophobe holds a gun to his head, and in my view was way too calm when the same psycho blows up his car. Although it mentions Michael's mother getting stressed it doesn't actually show anyone but Christy freaking out, and I thought that was a little to cold and clinical. It also didn't ring quite true when the baddy kept escaping. The police, private security and um special security details just kept messing up and I found this frustrating.
That, however is the only thing I can think of to make any kind of negative comment on. The story is incredible and unfolds in a mindblowingly natural and un-sensationalized way, given the topic.
It is not a story to read if you are squeamish about the absolute horror of trafficking in the horrendous abuse of children. the imagery can get quite graphic although nothing is explained in great detail. Whilst we are not given graphic descriptions of the horrendous abuse we are left with no illusions about what happened to Christy, the damage it did, and the horrors he continues to suffer because of it.
The relationship between Michael and Christy is sweet and beautiful. It develops sweetly and gently and we're rooting for them right from the start. The supporting cast are also vivid and well drawn, especially Jake, Michael's best friend and Sophia, Christy's...cousin.
Yes, some of the characters are stereotypes but writing this kind of story that's going to be inevitable and the stereotyping is used well.
One thing I really love is the little details. Like a series of paintings based on the work of Edgar Alan Poe, and little side sketches of a visit to a lingerie shop and the interaction with the saleswoman. So many little touches that made the whole thing really come to life.
I know I'm gushing but I'm still reeling and screaming Why!!!!!...did the book have to end?(less)
All is not right in the kingdom of Galerir. The King is dying and the Crown Prince has a hard job on his hands preparing himself and his kingdom for w...moreAll is not right in the kingdom of Galerir. The King is dying and the Crown Prince has a hard job on his hands preparing himself and his kingdom for war. Their enemies are drawing close, aided by the great black dragon Altor and Thomas has his own problems to deal with before they get here.
With the aid of his loyal knight Griffin, and two friendly dragons he must change the law, capture the traitors, try to heal the deep rifts with their neighbours, find the magical items with which to fight Altor and, through all this, fight for his right to love.
For high fantasy the story was told in a very straightforward way that was easy to follow, although there were twists and turns aplenty. The characters are richly drawn with plenty of detail and the supporting cast coloured in nicely.
If I had a complaint it was that the dialogue was sometimes a little wooden. I felt that perhaps the author was trying a little too hard to be ‘high fantasy’ when she would have been better accepting ‘extremely enjoyable fantasy’ was good enough.
I immediately warmed to Thomas and Griffin and felt that I took a journey with them. There were times I laughed, times I cried and times I got so angry I wanted to hit someone (Ronan). I felt they were real people with hopes, dreams and flaws.
All the elements of fantasy are here – knights and dragons, elves, wizards, castles and swords. However, I didn’t feel the story was formulaic and there were nice twists and details that made the tapestry a rich one. If it was a little stiff at times I could forgive it easily for the sake of the story.
More than the above, woven through the fantasy and going hand in hand with the story, is the tale of two men very much in love, who are taking a journey of discovery together; supporting each other when they stumble, raising each other when they fall and forgiving each other when they make mistakes.
I am pleased there are other stories in the series and that I can follow Thomas and Griff further on their journey. I’m hoping to meet the elves again, and maybe some dwarves. Who knows perhaps even a dragon or two. (less)
If you want a roller coaster of suspense and adventure give this one a miss. If you want a damn good story, told in the sweetest voice in a style that...moreIf you want a roller coaster of suspense and adventure give this one a miss. If you want a damn good story, told in the sweetest voice in a style that had me go from beginning to end without noticing time passing. It's not that there isn't suspense, or tension, but it's so natural it doesn't interrupt the flow at all. Jonesy, the main character, at least the one who's awake, is sweet and simple, in the best possible way, and he had me rooting for him right from the beginning. The end is a little abrupt, in that I would have liked to have read more but I suppose any ending in a story like this that carries you along in a cloud of feeling good would be too soon. I really hope there is a sequel or that there's going to be.(less)
This is an incredibly original and inventive work that is like nothing I have ever read before. In an alternate reality vegan zombies have taken over...more This is an incredibly original and inventive work that is like nothing I have ever read before. In an alternate reality vegan zombies have taken over and are farming humanity for blood potatoes which are grown inside the human body. Once the blood potatoes mature the human is 'harvested' and fed to the others who are maturing toward their own inevitable harvest.
All the woman are called Soil and the men Earth, and we follow Soil 15 and Earth 15 in their fight for freedom. Another story takes us on a wild journey with Death and... well you're going to have to read it to find out what happens.
Although extremely ingenious and original the work contains some very bad language and graphic descriptions which aren't for everyone. If you're looking for a very blunt, unique and fascinating tale, with a very dark side, that stretched your imaginations and your good taste then this is definitely for you.
Not for the faint hearted. Go on...be a devil and take a look - I dare you. (less)
The sequel to Seizing it kicks in three months after the end of the first book. We get deeper into Kit and Dale's relationship. I LOVE KIT. He is sass...moreThe sequel to Seizing it kicks in three months after the end of the first book. We get deeper into Kit and Dale's relationship. I LOVE KIT. He is sassy, sarcastic and feisty. My only objection to him is that he apologises way too much.
I had even more of a problem warming to Dale in this one. He puts too much pressure on Kit, expects way too much of him and seems intent on changing him rather than expecting him as he is. At one point I felt he was being mentally abusive and putting Kit under duress at a time when he was seriously ill. There was precious little sympathy. And if he was bad I wanted to deck Kit's father. His sister was okay :)
In my view the very fact that i have such strong feelings about the characters albeit maybe not what the author intended says for me that the book achieved its purpose; it made readers think and feel, sometimes very strongly.
Of course the fact that I have epilepsy too and relate to a lot of what Kit was saying and doing helps but he's such an adorable character anyone can relate to him.(less)
This book deals with some pretty heavy subjects - abuse, trauma, a serious illness, but it's not a heavy book by any means. The protagonist Kit is try...moreThis book deals with some pretty heavy subjects - abuse, trauma, a serious illness, but it's not a heavy book by any means. The protagonist Kit is trying his best to come to terms with a abusive relationship that ended in a horrific way. He's terrified of love...and of anyone touching him unexpectedly.
He's struggled with illness for most of his life and it's made him fiercely independent and with major issues about being seen as weak.
When he is 'saved' from a stalker, far from being grateful to his knight in shining armour, he's angry and resentful that he needed to be rescued and that the bear of a man who rescued him makes him feel so... safe.
When the bear turns out to be his new boss, Kit is determined not to like him let alone fall in love with him but destiny has a funny way of getting under your defenses and taking you places you really don't want to go.
I totally fell in love with Kit and Jackson his faithful, if somewhat traitorous, dog. If I have any complaint it's that I found it difficult to warm to Dale. I found him somewhat patronizing and judgmental, and if I had been Kit I wouldn't have put up with nearly as much of his crap. He comes into Kit's life and makes demands right away. There are places where he treats Kit like a child and I felt I wanted to slap him. On reflection that probably wasn't a complaint but the mark of good character development.(less)
Okay, so this is not the best written book ever, but it's better than many I've read in this genre, a lot better. It doesn't pretend to be deep and he...moreOkay, so this is not the best written book ever, but it's better than many I've read in this genre, a lot better. It doesn't pretend to be deep and heavy, although it does skate over some pretty heavy subject, like abuse, slavery and crippling lack of confidence. It is also a light, quick read and very much a 'feel good' book.
I don't understand the comment that said there was no character development because, for me the protagonist, Kit undergoes a lot of change, some of it fundamental, in his view of himself, his family and his pre conceptions.
The book is funny, sexy and puts a completely new twist on the whole zombie mythos. My main complaint is the place it ended. That was cruel Z (less)
I would have liked to give the story 4.5 stars but there's no option for that.
This was a real fun story to read but it had an important message I thi...moreI would have liked to give the story 4.5 stars but there's no option for that.
This was a real fun story to read but it had an important message I think. I'm a great one for teaching my children about consequences and that's exactly what Dex gets a large dose of here. His friend, a can of beer, nudges him down some dark paths he knows he really shouldn't take but fortunately he's got enough about him to deserve another change. I wonder if he'll take it(less)
I found this book purely by accident. I followed the author on Twitter and checked out her site. The description of the book caught my interest. I che...moreI found this book purely by accident. I followed the author on Twitter and checked out her site. The description of the book caught my interest. I checked it out, bought it, then couldn't stop reading it until I'd consumed the very last page.
Ms Barton has created a world where fairies and humans live side by side, although not all humans are happy about it. The world and those who inhabit it are unique and very easy to visualise.
This is a children's book but it is very dark and, as such totally appeals to the darkness in me. It is definitely more Brothers Grimm than Disney and i love it for that.
the book is extremely easy to read and totally enthralling. It draws you in from the first word and drags you along on a whole series of adventures that, by the end has Fiona all but dead after failing to pay the price for trying to save her best friend from a terrible conspiracy.
The descriptions of everything from characters, to the settings, to the horrendous attack by the wild cat and Fiona's decline almost to the point of death are clear, detailed, engaging and vivid. I don't think I'm giving anything away in saying 'almost' because with a sequel in the offing (thank the gods)it's pretty much a certainty Fiona survived.
All in all this book is a stunning dark fairytale and well worth a read. It's the best teen book I've read in a long time and, for me, is right up there with Percy Jackson and the likes.(less)
I couldn't believe how fast i read this. I read The Statue the other day and loved it and thought I'd try another little nibble to while away the even...moreI couldn't believe how fast i read this. I read The Statue the other day and loved it and thought I'd try another little nibble to while away the evening. What actually happened was that i started to read, got totally sucked in and before I knew it the whole thing was done and I was left gasping for more.
I loved this story with a vengeance. Lewis/Enigma/Chaos/whatever, with his upside down goldfish and sugar addiction is one of the most adorable characters i've read in a very long time, even more adorable than Zane in The Statue.
Yet again Zathyn has shown us that people don't have to be perfect to be beautiful, to be perfect for someone.(less)
There is nothing I dislike about this novella. The writing style, the story, the characters and the artwork are all exquisite.
Zane is in love. The on...moreThere is nothing I dislike about this novella. The writing style, the story, the characters and the artwork are all exquisite.
Zane is in love. The only problem is that the person he is in love with exists only inside his head. His parents, his psychiatrist and the nurses at the mental hospital where he is a patient are all trying to take Lucas away from him.
But love is such an abstract thing. You can't see it or feel it, smell it or touch it so how do you know that love exists at all, or that love for someone who does not exist is any less or any worse than love for someone who does.
Tristan, having met Zane accidentally and very quickly developed a bond with the beautiful young man, fights for his right to love as he pleases and to be reunited with Lucas who is the only one who can keep him safe from the bullies who are out for his blood.(less)
I'm not going to rehash the story or cover the same ground as the other reviewers. What's the point? What I will say is this.
The characters are imagin...moreI'm not going to rehash the story or cover the same ground as the other reviewers. What's the point? What I will say is this.
The characters are imaginative and well rounded. They leap off the page and grab your attention. Even the baddies are attractive. And the weird characters are the best.
The writing is fluid and magical but easy to read and understand. I think despite the fantasical setting people will relate to Buggy and identify with her. Although people don't usually find themselves in her exact situation they do find themselves facing impossible odds sometimes. (less)