I wish I could have written this review when I finished the book a few days ago. Alas, life. So let me see if I can remember my thoughts in the order...moreI wish I could have written this review when I finished the book a few days ago. Alas, life. So let me see if I can remember my thoughts in the order the book presented.
I remember being happy that the story started off helping the reader get to know the main characters and the ways they dealt with life.
Then I got unhappy because it seemed to go the way of a romance novel and I rarely like those.
THEN came the juicy parts; well presented and creatively done. I loved that there was a bit of instruction given so that those just learning of the different lifestyles can see the great extent of range from very vanilla to very peppered. I am glad that the characters were able to play and see what suited them rather than being strung up in the rafters as some books go. And I am glad that life tended to get in the way of lust, children at babysitters or phones that ring. Rare is the erotica that addresses RL.
It almost met my every need for a book of this genre. ;-)(less)
YAY!!! I'm finished!!!!! I had so many thoughts about this book but the one I thought the most was, 'Why is this so popular?' Second only to, 'This is...moreYAY!!! I'm finished!!!!! I had so many thoughts about this book but the one I thought the most was, 'Why is this so popular?' Second only to, 'This is boring as hell!' Third, 'Gosh, if young women read this hoping to find their own fifty shades control freak, they might think they can HEAL him. Then may find themselves dead.' This is a story. Period. Fantasy can be erotic. But these books seldom felt like erotica. Maybe that is my fibromyalgia speaking. When one lives with pain you start to realize how unsexy pain can be. I must admit that there were a couple scenes that were sexy but mostly I found myself hating the male and scared for the female.
So... if it was so bad, why did I give it 3 stars? Because about halfway through book two it started to pick up. I started to admire Ana. I thought maybe there might be hope for Christian. But this only lasted to the middle of book three. Suddenly the crazy action/adventure was over and... the career girl was nearly the most boring character alive again. And when I thought that I was at the final chapter I found there were three more to trudge through.
I did like that the books did a little in educating the public on BDSM but not as much as I think could have been. A small bibliography at the end leading to books and websites of information would have raised the trilogy to another star. Not that it is that hard to find those sites. It is well worth learning about the lifestyle. Honest people are on those sites to teach more than one may ever need to know. But in searching these one can learn of ones own sexuality. That is healthy for anyone to learn.
So I don't want to discourage others to read it. Just not something I ever want to read again.(less)
What an interesting story. It may have erotic parts but the goal doesn't seem to be more than the sensual lines of the story. Other senses are called...moreWhat an interesting story. It may have erotic parts but the goal doesn't seem to be more than the sensual lines of the story. Other senses are called upon while reading Aroma. Smell, taste, hearing, color. In fact, I am still seeing that world as green and lush and it has been a couple hours since I finished reading it.
Mythologies are put into use. I will admit to being ignorant of Philippino cultures and stories, so if this is rare or overdone, I wouldn't know. I just know that it kept my interest all the way through.
I think an editor's eye would have been quite helpful, though, with foreign words and names it must have been hard to keep the story pure and not fall into a more native language.
The ending was abrupt. Not sure what other choice there might have been but I felt I needed something more satisfying--or is there a sequel coming?
Not an edge-of-your-seat type book. But then maybe the title gives that away? So what were we waiting for? I think it is the time when we will stand u...moreNot an edge-of-your-seat type book. But then maybe the title gives that away? So what were we waiting for? I think it is the time when we will stand up for ourselves, and then each other. How deep will the commitment go once we know the true selves? What if we find ourselves in a place of unknowing anything, or at least where others think we know nothing?
Coma, Trans, procreation, love. All words, topics pursued in this book. Q. Kelly is good at researching and delving deep into touchy, scary subjects while creating real characters with real emotions and needs.
Some books go into the emotions of the elephant in the room, though in this case not many books tell the story from the trans man in the coma who was last seen as Mom. But in this case we see how all the people in his world adjust to first his being in a coma and how he got there. Then as they learn more they try to adjust their lives according to their new knowledge. Including the pronouns that may seem insignificant but make those of us who have had to train our mouths to speak of our friend who was female and now is male, feel like fools. Our eyes may accept the male now before us, but pronouns fight us continually.
Q. Kelly does the pronoun dance well as her characters learn to embrace their new information, all the while, in this case, being unsure if they are speaking of someone alive or dead, and waiting to see how that will play out.
Erotica does play a part in the ensuing romance but it is, just that, a part of the love growing in the story. That is why I didn't include it in my tags/shelves. It is so small an issue that if that sort of thing upsets you, you can blink and it is gone.
I think this is a good book to bring up subject that people should talk about as we all grow and become the people we want to be, or should be. (less)
Time travel always brings up 'what if' questions and Third addresses many of them. Q. Kelly pulls out all stops to create a story full of controversia...moreTime travel always brings up 'what if' questions and Third addresses many of them. Q. Kelly pulls out all stops to create a story full of controversial topics. Here are the tags I gave the book: adult, erotic, feminism, ghosts, herstorical-fiction, history, kindle, lesbian, polyamory, read, sci-fi, time-travel, womyn.
Ms. Kelly was courageous attacking polyamory among other issues rarely taken on in fiction. It takes courage to read and appreciate this book.
I loved the characters, except Benjamin. I may never look at him the same.