Disclaimer: this book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
I'm not one to read about demons. And at times, this book felt like a nightma...moreDisclaimer: this book was given to me by the author for an honest review.
I'm not one to read about demons. And at times, this book felt like a nightmare. But somehow my mind did not pick up on that. I didn't have a nightmare.
Demon possession occurs when you first get into the book. Not the demon possessing you, but you looking through the eyes of the demon. It was a bit weird for me because I hadn't read the books that the demon had come from. But that didn't stop the story from being understandable. Had I not read anything by S.M. Reine, this still would be an interesting story.
I love Ms. Reine's characters, in spite of being paranormal, they seem very real. This book will keep you on your toes, biting your nails with all the suspense. And get ready because the last part might keep you up all night. It was really bad because I finished it before I went to sleep. I had to start another book to dull me back to sleep.
If you can handle the paranormal if you love the paranormal, this book is for you. I will be looking at the books I haven't read yet, so that I will be ready when the next of the series is out. Thank you Sarah for letting me read your great book.(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?
Essays and stories expounding on the title all funny and concise. I really enjoyed it. In the end, though, I realized this, as in all later definition...moreEssays and stories expounding on the title all funny and concise. I really enjoyed it. In the end, though, I realized this, as in all later definitions of deity are in male terms. Women were seen as less than human at times in the book. But Sean DeLauder wrote what he knew and experienced in his lifetime so it rang true. I might, sometime take him up on this thesis and make the womyn's version. Instead of the blood and gore there might be bunnies and cuteness and hair pulling, then arranging of said hair.
I plan to read this again soon as it was thought provoking.(less)
Deceit. The word that came to mind the most while reading this. Good try. But boring. And the womyn most often represented themselves as men to get to...moreDeceit. The word that came to mind the most while reading this. Good try. But boring. And the womyn most often represented themselves as men to get to the prize which was most often to marry a man. Like I said, good try.
Happily after leaves happy til later. Make your happiness and follow it. There isn't a someone to complete you. There might be someone to walk with. Walk in honesty. Those are the values I would love to see in all books not just in making the girls feel more equal books.
On Free to Be You and Me the video (remember those?) there was the story of the girl who raced, but not to marry. Those were the staples of my children's input diets. Race to feel the wind. Race to meet others who like to race. Make friends. But remain yourself and stay honest. (less)
I can see how this story would rate five stars with those who like epic fantasy type of stories. It is written hinting toward the old English language...moreI can see how this story would rate five stars with those who like epic fantasy type of stories. It is written hinting toward the old English language similar to Lord of the Rings or Shakespeare. And that language quirk is the very thing that lessened the rating for me.
The world that Sandy Hunter built was so interesting. Since I write about sentient planets it was fun to read about sentient forests. And the characters were wonderful. The main character is a strong fem who wishes for a fair and equal life for all. She refuses to be the lady fair and seeks to create a fund for womyn who wish to be independent. Imagine Tolkien creating such a character!
The book begins with the main character flying and as she grows in character she learns to use this ability she can save others. I must admit that it was in the flying that won me over.
I look forward to the sequel.
Oh, and I wish to thank BookRooster dot com for recommending this complimentary Kindle title for review.(less)
This was a gripping story. It started out with the fable about the selkie who lost her skin. We've all heard the tales. The author tells it well and b...moreThis was a gripping story. It started out with the fable about the selkie who lost her skin. We've all heard the tales. The author tells it well and blends in her story seamlessly. I enjoyed traveling to this island and feeling, in some way, like I was there, enjoying the sea breeze, smelling the salt, and roses. Sure, I had to suspend disbelief at times, but when reality was introduced, I found myself drowning in the starkness of it all.
There may be triggers for those that have been abused in their lifetimes, just a warning. But I think this was a good way to help with awareness of spousal abuse. It breaks the fallacy that it only happens in lower-class families. The book addresses the deterioration of self-esteem and building of self-doubt. But it doesn't leave you feeling helpless. The story builds empowerment as the main character learns to trust again, in herself and others. And all this takes place with the beauty of Ireland all around.
I would suggest that this be for mature audiences as there is the above subject matter and a very hot sex scene or two. It is part of the story. If you feel that is something you don't like to read, skip it and enjoy the story otherwise. It does leave you feeling good with all the threads tied up at the end. I want to read the next book. Luckily I already had it, but I didn't feel I was left on a cliffhanger. I just want to know what happens next.(less)
Maybe I should have read this near 12-21-2012, then the end of the world and or Mayan calendar would have added a bit more excitement. Maybe I have re...moreMaybe I should have read this near 12-21-2012, then the end of the world and or Mayan calendar would have added a bit more excitement. Maybe I have read too many teen girl becomes shifter becomes goddess. I just couldn't get into this.
I liked it okay. But the main character, Maya, diet coke addict, was not independent enough. In fact, I thought she was rather a crier and a fainter. A wimp. You would think that her gifts would make her a little bit stronger. You would think that her cool twin BFFs and her handsome, smart boyfriend would be enough to bring her into a confidence and even a bit of spunkiness.
I had hopes with the plot, being about a coming world-peace. I loved the bits about centering and meditation. Those are great lessons for teens to read about with all the stresses they all go through. But somehow, the instructions got lost and didn't go deep enough, and were always cut short by something else. How in the world could she have reached any proficiency?
I would have liked to see the relationship between Maya and Matt grow, instead of a distance between them and then suddenly mates. Kind of missing something in the middle there. I would have liked to get to know the other shifter friends. And more about the one that had a crush on Maya.
Even still I have the next book and am hoping the author gained her chops and thereby a tighter story.(less)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series by P. C. Cast. I couldn't stop reading this one. I carried the Kindle around as I did laundry and everything else so I...moreI LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series by P. C. Cast. I couldn't stop reading this one. I carried the Kindle around as I did laundry and everything else so I could continue reading (listening to text-to-speech) until the story was finished. I wish I could give this one many more than five stars.
My tags (shelves) seem so inadequate to identify this book. But it is all of that and more. I love the characters in the books so much. I have a feeling I am about to lose the older ones as new generations take their places. But I believe P. C. Cast will make them irresistible, too.
On to ordering and reading the next in the series, which, by the way, was the one that brought me to Partholon. It was the one I picked up at the library a while back. But when I started reading I knew there was back story that I needed to continue. So authors take note: Let your books go to the library... many of us will buy them because of that gift! (less)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series! According to how you are counting this was the third (including the prequel) or the second in the series. The main cha...moreI LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series! According to how you are counting this was the third (including the prequel) or the second in the series. The main character is a strong Oklahoma school teacher turned Goddess Incarnate. Shannon is a likable person in a mirror image of the previous GI Rhiannon. Except Rhiannon chose the dark side and ended up in Oklahoma while Shannon ended up in Partholon. Oops, but that changes somewhat in this book.
I don't want to give anything more away. Get ready to laugh or cry and possibly puke uncontrollably. The book holds you captive until you are gently set free.
I have ordered the next in the series, Divine by Blood. Can't wait to start reading it.
Let this be a lesson to those who find libraries to be places that steal away the profits. I accidentally checked out number five in this series. I couldn't follow it though I could tell I would love the book had I known more about the characters and the world. So I went online and have been buying and reading, in order these marvelous Kindle books. Though they are not lending enabled (a pity for those in this horrid economy that may not be able to afford them) they are at least text-to-speech enabled. That means when my eyes were tired I could still follow the story. Thank you!
P. C. Cast writes in a way that makes you feel you are a part of the story and her humor is always evident. She writes like she could be your best fem friend. Kudos for a job well done!(less)
This was a fun adventure. It isn't a YA rather the adventure is for a thirty something adult. It is reality meets mythology/fan...moreOh. My. God(dess). WOW!
This was a fun adventure. It isn't a YA rather the adventure is for a thirty something adult. It is reality meets mythology/fantasy. It is Now crashing into Celtic times. I mention vampires in my tags/shelves but they are really Formorians. They are bat-like humanoids that are just evil. And our heroine fights them to the death in her Goddess-incarnate form. But that is what I would expect from a former English teacher!
Got your attention? This is a great book and I can hardly wait to get back into the series.
I loved the characters and, yes, the romantic twists that occur.
Shannon Parker is a sassy, fun person to be around, even if she is only the character on the pages in a book. She knows her stuff and has a few flaws, might I say she could use a 12-step program for that wine problem? But when she becomes all she can be (what, did she join the army?) she is more than a force of nature!
There are times when a wife might say her husband is a horse's ass, but maybe one should watch what they say. Shannon's husband is all man when he isn't a centaur.
Ok, I need to stop. You must read the book. I don't want to spoil it any further. It is fun!
If you can't afford it, insist that the library carry it. It isn't loanable in Kindle form. Sorry.(less)
This is the beginning of the Partholon series. I mistakenly picked Elphame's Choice from the library and felt very lost. So after a bit of research, I...moreThis is the beginning of the Partholon series. I mistakenly picked Elphame's Choice from the library and felt very lost. So after a bit of research, I think this is the book I should be reading.
*** Yep, that felt like a beginning. Though there is a creature similar to a vampire and I am not sure if the main character is human. I am not used to reading books about other humanoid beings. I did pick up that the MC's best friend was centaur. It was an okay read. I am going to find the sext in the series to continue the story.(less)
This is such a quick paced and exciting book that I had to declare, early into reading it, that it couldn’t be my night-time book. The subject matter...moreThis is such a quick paced and exciting book that I had to declare, early into reading it, that it couldn’t be my night-time book. The subject matter of Angels, good versus evil and the grey in between, is disturbing in itself, but Ms. Fonseca’s style of writing keeps the action immediate, in-your-face. AND, there is the internal dialogue the main characters go through while trying to bring about a greater good.
The characters were strong and likable, unless they were meant not to be. The evil ones were, evil! The plot with or without the prequel, Dies Irae, held together in this, I hope, growing series of Requiem. Oh, and if you are not Catholic (I’m not), nor a music major (I am. Thank you, Prof. Laura Hemenway), the story is still accessible. To enrich the experience, take the time to Google these terms. The titles reflect the angst within the books.
But LOVE is the emotion that pulls the reader. Yes, there is romantic love, but that isn’t to the sickening extent as true romance books go. The love for fellow humans is there, also.
My complaint is that the angst often reflected itself, became redundant. What I wanted, when I read how much the two main characters loved each other but couldn’t follow through due to Angel rules, was more history. Why did they love each other so much? I know the time to present their original meeting and growth of their relationships would have slowed the book down. I give kudos to Ms. Fonseca for not getting bogged down. And maybe a deeper story can come out separately of more origins of the relationships.
The topic at hand, Angels, makes writing fiction that isn’t doctrine or didactic problematic. There are so many people who are “Angel experts.” I can see those coming forward and arguing that certain Archangels wouldn’t act this way or that. Since I am not one of those experts, I have dabbled in reading the occasional Angel book, so the story remains a fantasy full of conflicting and human emotion that may or may not be following ‘mere guidelines’ (sorry, my inner pirate came out there). But speaking of the angst, I loved the tools the author used to reflect inner conflict, the kind we all go through. Thought patterns, in real life, are seldom grammatically correct, full sentences, but rather fragments fighting for top billing. Cool tool, Christine!
I’m looking forward to more from Christine Fonseca. (less)
Only now do I find out that this is book number four in the Partholon series. I kept feeling like I was missing something. This copy is from the libra...moreOnly now do I find out that this is book number four in the Partholon series. I kept feeling like I was missing something. This copy is from the library. If I can make it through fast enough maybe I can get done before the due date. If not at least I know where to find this.
*** The library book went back. It took me too long to get through the series and catch up with the one I had. So I bought my own Kindle copy. This series is worth the money spent. I wish I could loan my copies to my friends who are not able to buy books right now. I understand that the author deserves to be paid, but if this were a hard copy I could loan it to anyone. It's a rough economy we should be able to share what we can.
I love, love, love this series and P. C. Casts writing! Though there are a few typos in this book, most of her writing is error free, which is a relief for a Kindle book reader.
This particular book starts slowly. If I hadn't been so wrapped up in this series I might have let it go. But I knew it had to get better. Maybe it was because the characters I had known and loved in the previous books were no longer there and I had to get acquainted with new characters--I don't know. But it did pick up and became quite exciting. I did grow to love Elphame and her people.
What I miss most may just be a writing tool. When Ms. Cast would write about Shannon it was always in first person. And I loved Shannon's personality. The first person kept me closer as a reader, like I was talking with a friend. But outside of Shannon and now in Elphame's life where Shannon is a distant great grandmother, that immediacy isn't there anymore.
Even still I loved this book and easily give it the five stars. Ms. Cast is a great story teller. I recommend her books to anyone, especially my female friends. And since most of us grew up reading about males being the main character, I think many advanced male friends would like this series, also, as there is enough action and adventure to keep anyone reading.
Why can't a fantasy sit on its own? Why must Arthur's mythology be the only definition of a fantasy?
I don't understand the main character. So swiftly...moreWhy can't a fantasy sit on its own? Why must Arthur's mythology be the only definition of a fantasy?
I don't understand the main character. So swiftly the girl goes from losing her sister to being adopted by her teacher. Felt I missed layers of adaptation to the new situation. I'm still not sure I like her. She seems unable to tell the truth and gets upset when others around her are equally dishonest or not forthright. Had to look up Nixie on the internet as it wasn't explained enough in the book. That seemed to be true of the other beings.
But the book held my interest enough to finish and start the next book in the series.(less)
Still marveling at how well the gimmick of Remedial Magic worked to draw me into this series and how well the great writing and wonderful story hooked...moreStill marveling at how well the gimmick of Remedial Magic worked to draw me into this series and how well the great writing and wonderful story hooked me. Jenna Black has moved into my all time favorite authors lists. Her characters are believable. The story doesn't take much to believe either, even though, when pulled away, you can see the stuff of imagination. I can't believe I have spent nearly $30 now for this story and hardly feel the pain. I would have just given up, but this is a darn good story! So, kudos Ms. Black!(less)