I think I read 85-100 percent of this book a few years ago, but the re-read was fun. I love the sisters Noirot, and this is a series I may have to act...moreI think I read 85-100 percent of this book a few years ago, but the re-read was fun. I love the sisters Noirot, and this is a series I may have to actually pick up to have on hand for the banter alone. The stakes were actual stakes in this book, and that made for a refreshing change. (less)
I wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did. I loved the characters of Olivia and Peregrine from Lord Perfect (Carsington Brothers #3)...moreI wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did. I loved the characters of Olivia and Peregrine from Lord Perfect (Carsington Brothers #3) and was very much looking forward to reading their story. I was disappointed by how much they can't stop fighting! Can't stop fighting their love! there was in this story. I wanted more of the we-know-we're-perfect-for-each-other-but-it-just-won't-work discussions (like in the first Dressmaker book). All in all, it was a fun book, I loved the castle in Scotland storyline, I was just bummed a bit by how not frank they were with each other. (less)
I hesitated on putting this on the romance shelf, because I would say that the main elements here are fiction. But the reasons I liked this book 4 sta...moreI hesitated on putting this on the romance shelf, because I would say that the main elements here are fiction. But the reasons I liked this book 4 stars worth were the romance elements. I am no good at writing summaries, but I think this book deserves one in my review.
Jen lives in 22nd century Iceland, working as a linguist/coder for a company building a top-secret immersive virtual reality sim. Her specialty is the Old Norse/Icelandic language (which is a composite made up for this book) of a 10th century Icelandic home. Through a sim malfunction, Jen ends up back in the time she was developing a sim for. Now known as Ginn, Jen navigates life in the 10th century, and discovers that studying for a simulated experience is the faintest shadow of living the real thing.
In the 10th century, Heirik is a respected and powerful chief. But a terrifying birthmark and superstition have made him literally untouchable. He & Ginn have an immediate connection. He's patient with her "amnesia" and her lack of superstition would seem to melt away any obstacles. But Ginn learns that living in a close-knit community with traditions (and superstitions) not her own may be more to overcome than she thought.
I adored this book. I got it a while ago as an ebook recommended by a knitter I follow on twitter. It's been sitting in my queue. I have a bunch of hardcover & "serious" books in my current reading pile, but I wanted something else this week. Flipping through my Kindle app, I found this book and decided to give it a few pages. I ended up reading it in three sittings in one day. This book also gave me a chance to really tease out what I like in a time-travel book, and I think I figured it out. I sometimes find historic novels, especially romance, a little to anachronistic in their point-of-view. And while I adore a clever bluestocking heiress in my Regencies, I am always very aware that it's a novel, and a created situation that may, ultimately, be unrealistic. But somehow, in a 22nd century time travel, it seemed more realistic to me, and then the story is more believable. Ginn is always aware that her perspective is not native to the time she's in, and she does at time struggle with her own inclinations versus the expectations of the time. A full 85-90% of this book takes place in the past, not the 22nd century setting, and while some people might be frustrated that the future world isn't explained more fully, I thought it served the story well not to introduce a lot of future-world building just for the sake of it. The story was about Ginn, and how she set her world aside to survive in the past that she gets caught in.
This book doesn't have a lot of explicit sex, but it does have a ton of yearning & longing, something that I've been in the mood for lately. Ginn has "got it bad" - and is in that state of crush where she finds herself fantasizing about the big (sex) and the small (brushing hair off Heirik's face, lacing his boots for him).
All in all, I can see returning this book to return to the 10th century Icelandic world, and for Ginn & Heirik's romance. Ginn's best friend in the past, Betta, also has a compelling story, and is a great character on her own. I loved the friendship between Ginn & Betta, and how they talk about men realistically, but not just men. They talk about their respective places in their home farm and society at large, about Ginn's fuzzy memories, and about Betta's own difficult past. Romance as a genre has no shortage of female friendships, but this is one of the most multi-faceted that I've read in a while. (less)
3.5 stars - The ending was kind of Shakespearean farce-y but I am pretty sure that was an intentional choice, given a lot of the references in the boo...more3.5 stars - The ending was kind of Shakespearean farce-y but I am pretty sure that was an intentional choice, given a lot of the references in the book. I enjoyed it for that, once I got over the ridiculousness of it.(less)
I really enjoyed this book for the first, say, 90%. Lots of sex scenes, but with genuine affection, which I like. Main...more**spoiler alert** Spoilers a-ho!
I really enjoyed this book for the first, say, 90%. Lots of sex scenes, but with genuine affection, which I like. Main characters that were tropes, but fun ones. A Mr. Rochester type with a mad wife (who loves to set fires! and kills herself setting fires while trying to attack the "new wife!") and a spunky sex-positive heroine. A dissolute brother and a saucy chambermaid! All in good fun, and on track for a high 3, low 4 star grade and then....
....Ritchie looks over and sees his wife dead with a broken neck. Then turns his head back to our heroine Beatrice and proposes marriage. In the same fucking breath, same page, practically the same paragraph (maybe even the same paragraph, I don't have the book in front of me). That destroyed any enjoyment I had in the book. It was out of character for Ritchie to propose the very instant his wife was dead. Yes, both Beatrice & Ritchie might *think* of it in the moment, but to actually do it came off as callous and gross. Especially since so many pages and paragraphs had been devoted to how tortured he was about his second wife's madness.
I randomly picked this up off the library paperback shelves. Of course it is the second in a trilogy, and of course they don't have the other two, but...moreI randomly picked this up off the library paperback shelves. Of course it is the second in a trilogy, and of course they don't have the other two, but I found it engaging, and a fast, easy read. A palate cleanser from the serious nonfiction, disturbing mystery, and thought-provoking poetry that I've been reading lately. Also? I've been reading a slew of cheap/free romance on the Kindle since I got it, and it's harder for me to find the acceptable romance in the Kindle marketplace. I'm not saying that if it's published in mass market paperback that it's automatically better than ebook only - not by a long shot - but my ebook screening process isn't quite honed yet.(less)
Fun paranormal romance. Parts of the story got a bit bogged down in mythos, parts were very clearly setting up the next book & the next character'...moreFun paranormal romance. Parts of the story got a bit bogged down in mythos, parts were very clearly setting up the next book & the next character's story arc, but all-in-all, very fun read. I will likely read the others, I liked this universe & mythology.(less)
I am pretty sure that this is full of anachronisms, but it was a fun story as it was. I thought it would be awful, but it was amusing enough that I wa...moreI am pretty sure that this is full of anachronisms, but it was a fun story as it was. I thought it would be awful, but it was amusing enough that I was thinking about it when I wasn't reading it, wondering what would happen next. The character of Min's father in particular was very interesting. And while it was clear that the author was setting up Alice to be a character who would get her own story next, I was okay with that, too. I would read another story in this series, definitely, the characters were interesting enough to make up for any flaws in historical accuracy - in this case, anyway.(less)
I bought this for $.99, as it was on my "recommended romance" list, and it is super awesome. I had insomnia last night and read 79% of it in one go (t...moreI bought this for $.99, as it was on my "recommended romance" list, and it is super awesome. I had insomnia last night and read 79% of it in one go (thanks, Kindle, for that info). Usually I require more smut in my romance novels, but snappy dialogue made up for a lack of explicitness. I can see myself re-reading this when i need a pick me up. This novel makes romance tropes look GOOD.(less)
I picked this one up on a whim, because after 2 years I finally found my library's paperback section (I'm shy, I don't like to ask questions). I decid...moreI picked this one up on a whim, because after 2 years I finally found my library's paperback section (I'm shy, I don't like to ask questions). I decided to branch out from my usual historical romances after a particularly bad rash of classic "trashy" romance novels left me with a bad taste (probably roofies). While this book certainly had a take-charge heroine who wasn't actually sexually assaulted by the male lead (yay!), it was really not *quite* as original as I had hoped it would be from reading the back.
Futuristic setting? Check. Psychic powers? Check. Alien technology? Check. Alien life-form as loyal, cuddly pet that is more than it seems? Check. Strong female character who doesn't need a man to be complete except that she is just fooling herself and needs a man to be complete? Check. Alpha male who is sensitive to the heroine's feelings except when he is keeping secrets from her to protect her from his enemies/his past/his secret/herself? Check.
I think despite all this (I don't read romances expecting them to be unpredictable, the same way I don't read horror and expect it to be uplifting) the only reason it got 3 stars instead of 4 is that there wasn't enough sex for me. I like more sex in my romance novels, and while this does get a bonus for having psychically connected sex (I'm a sucker for soulmates), it just wasn't quite as steamy as I was hoping.
All in all, it was a fun book, and I may in fact pick up the other books in this series sometime from the library now that I know exactly what to expect.(less)