I used to be a cop. The beginning of this book seemed promising. Like the first page or two, but as soon as the detective showed up on the scene and tI used to be a cop. The beginning of this book seemed promising. Like the first page or two, but as soon as the detective showed up on the scene and there was dialogue I knew absolutely ZERO effort had been made to research police procedures, and the conversation in this book was laughable.
First off - I do not care how old the "suspects" looked. If they appeared to be minors NO cop would risk potentially blowing a case by not reading them their miranda rights, and having the interview video taped and recorded. Absolute bullshit. The dialogue?
"Listen you little rascals, the next item I punch is going to be one of you twerps if you don't show the good Doctor here some respect."
Are you fucking kidding me? What grown ass man in 2013 uses the term Rascals and Twerps in the same sentence? I read until the chapter break.
Secondly, it felt like the story was set in America, I could be wrong, but it felt decidedly american with the whole cop this and cop that reference. However, the author used stones instead of pounds for weight. I don't know if thats an issue, but since I purchased this book on Amazon US I would expect that the conversions would have been made to american english but that's just me.
Additionally, in the first part of the first chapter an infant is brought in, and the "parents" are brought in handcuffed. That would never happen. Then the character says they're only being questioned they're not under arrest, and he wants a lawyer etc.
None of this made any sense from a legal standpoint. This was not a fantasy story. I could suspend disbelief if it were, but when you're writing about real life things and real life experiences there needs to be realism and research done so professionals who are in those fields don't absolutely rip your manuscript apart for its inaccuracies.
This book was okay for me. I liked what the blurb said, but I just wasn't invested enough in the characters by the end of the book to really care whatThis book was okay for me. I liked what the blurb said, but I just wasn't invested enough in the characters by the end of the book to really care what happened.
It started off promising with our hero in the woods, and being ambushed, but then it just got weird. The legend of how these warriors lived and co-existed with humans was unrealistic, and there was no explanation for the origins of any of the other "non humans" in the book.
There was also very little interaction between humans which I found odd because it is a "human world". The writing was okay, but I am seriously getting tired of the hero who practically rapes the heroine because she's his "soul mate". Can we for once have more than five minutes to actually fall in love?
2.5 stars for me.
Battle sequences were good, and I like a good battle. ...more
So I received this book free from the author's website, and have to admit I wasn't really holding my breath for it when I downloaded it because it's sSo I received this book free from the author's website, and have to admit I wasn't really holding my breath for it when I downloaded it because it's so far out of my norm. I do not read science fiction books. Pretty much ever. However, I'd also received his book First Contact for free so decided to read them in order to better gauge the story line.
After reading First Contact I thought I better skip to book 4 and read them in the order they were written. I'm not sure if that was a good thing or a bad thing but what the hell I couldn't help myself.
I loved Empire. I wanted to do nothing other than sleep, eat, and read this book so that's exactly what I did. Luckily I was on a business trip with nothing to do and I got to read this for hours and hours straight through until I was done.
I was like a fat kid in a candy shop.
This book is interesting, thought provoking and down right entertaining. As with a few of his other novels I do believe it could benefit with editing. There were some mistakes I saw and a few things I just thought were lazy writing, (parenthesis, dashes, etc) but the pure awesomeness of this story made that pale.
I loved it. I've downloaded the rest of the books in this series already. Do yourself a favor and read this.
The premise of this story was intriguing. Vicky Hernandez wakes up in a coffin and fights her way out of the coffin. She's been freshly buried and freThe premise of this story was intriguing. Vicky Hernandez wakes up in a coffin and fights her way out of the coffin. She's been freshly buried and freshly dug up by someone who is a vampire but he dies literally a page and a half into the story so we never find out more about that angle. Why did he dig her up? Why didn't he just open the coffin?
Vicky runs to a nearby house where she sucks down the blood of an older couple and steals the woman's clothing because her prom dress that she was buried in is dirty and tattered.
She then makes it to a truck stop where she steals a car and drives towards chicago.
Up to this point I was interested but the writing really wasn't capturing me. There was little description about what she was doing other than "I looked at him and did my mind trick and he gave me his car" we don't really learn how Vicky is feeling or anything.
Vicky stops in a town hours away from where she grew up and gets a room (with her mind tricks) at a very swank hotel. The Penthouse.
This is where I started getting a bad taste in my mouth. You're a new vampire. You're 17. You're not laying low? Finding an out of the way place to stay where people aren't going to notice you? You con your way in via the front desk but what about housekeeping, the manager, etc?
Vicky then goes to a local pizza place and meets the MOST HANDSOME BOY she's ever seen and just has to stay there and live there so she can now go to high school and resume her life and be normal.
You're not going to try and figure out how you became a vampire?
You're going to go back to High School?
Vicky needs someone to live with for a cover story so she chooses the local librarian. Unfortunately her "dream boy" happens to live 3 houses down and they've never heard of her.
A bunch of selfish lying ensues and Vicky moves in with said librarian.
Then she goes on a date with dream boy.
This is where the book was completely and utterly ruined for me.
This is Drake talking:
"You've got an awesome car," Drake said, running his finger along my car. I tried not to giggle at his car. It was not a Mustang. Far from it. It was a tiny little Hyundai. The car certainly did not match the driver. He was tall, lean, handsome, striking even. The car was tiny, black, and shaped like a jelly bean. Definitely not a chick magnet.
"Yeah, it's nice. But it does suck down a lot of gas." I climbed into the front seat of the jelly bean.
Long break where they talk about cars.
This is again Drake speaking:
"No worries though, I am saving for my own car. I'm hoping to have enough soon." He smiled at me and I melted just slightly. "What are you going to get?" <-----Vicky Speaking "I'm not sure yet. But something that's not the jelly bean. I giggled.
Really? Vicky is thinking about the car as a Jelly Bean but does not say that out loud but literally three paragraphs later suddenly Drake is calling it a Jelly Bean when he just said that his dad calls it the coffin?
This is sloppy writing. Infusing one character with thoughts that only another character is having.
I continued to read until about 59% but then just put it down. I couldn't relate to selfish Vicky what so ever considering she's vain, needy, immature (especially for 17) and puts everyone in peril to satisfy her own wants and desires.
I really liked it. I love Historical Romance, it's probably my favorite genre so there are VERY few boThis gets a solid 3 stars from me.
Here is why.
I really liked it. I love Historical Romance, it's probably my favorite genre so there are VERY few books of that category that I really am not going to like. This had a lot of 4 star and 5 star potential but there were some definite drawbacks to the story.
1. The historical inaccuracies in this book to me were very apparent. I'm not sure if the author just didn't do her research enough but there was just little that felt original 1812 to me. Also, the terminology used was much too far advanced for the day and time that the book was set in.
2. The main female characters were much too modern for the day and age they lived in. Let's face it, the main female character, Brooklyn, was a total hussy. At the beginning of the book she's leading some man on out in the bushes at a ball and then gets offended when he thinks she wants him to kiss her, and that's where we get the main "conflict" in this entire book.
Although this was never addressed we can only surmise that the entire reason that Duke Gateway (awful name) wanted Brooklyn compromised and her family rushing back to America was because she spurned his advances.
He is a major douche. Seriously.
So he blackmails his good buddy (not) Andrew Black, Earl of Townson to compromise her so the family will have to flee and go back to NY. He agrees.
The plot was pretty weak, and the writing at times was very stilted with a definite misuse of words and some things that were just too long or words that were missing, BUT the mark of a great book is one that you read and overlook some of those things.
True there were some errors but they were not so egregious that I had to stop reading and I quite liked the story. It wasn't terribly slow but I felt that there was a little too much information put in about the sisters.
Liberty is a little bitch and I for one hope she gets her butt tanned by her future husband for being such a shrew and a bitch.
Madison seemed nice but we didn't get very much from her personality and she honestly seemed like she was just there for filler. No attention was paid to develop her personality at all.
The conclusion of the book was very weak to me but that's not to say that it was without merit. The paper roses thing was cute as a button and I thought it was very sweet. The pauper husband unable to buy roses sitting up late into the night folding them is very sweet.
Overall it's a good book, with a little more polish it definitely could have been a 4 star with 5 star potential for me. I will read the next two books because I do like the style of writing and Ms. Gordon kept me engaged.
I recommend it for those who are die hard HR fans who don't mind suspending a little belief for a good story. ...more
Like any good thriller, especially cop thriller, I have to get immediately hooked, and Linda Castillo managed to do thatHow do I catalogue this book?
Like any good thriller, especially cop thriller, I have to get immediately hooked, and Linda Castillo managed to do that for me from the very beginning. I liked the first chapter, but what threw me off was the switch from first to third person POV throughout the story, hence the docking of one star.
The story is tragic, there can be no doubt about that. The connection that Castillo weaves between the MC and the main victim in the story is compelling, dropping slight hints of a shattering past for our MC that keeps you engaged.
Castillo is very good at painting the scene, making you feel like you're almost there, and giving a glimpse of a way of life that is American & foreign all at the same time. I'm fascinated with different cultures, especially ones that hail from here in the US.
There were some procedural mistakes, and the lack of believability for me was just in the context of the police procedures. However I overlooked that because I found the story engaging, fast paced, and emotionally evocative enough to keep me turning the pages in one sitting.
I highly recommend it for anyone who likes thrillers, police stories, or murder mysteries. ...more
I love it with a passion that I can not even explain. I have read this series three times. I have read Acheron four times.
There aI love this series.
I love it with a passion that I can not even explain. I have read this series three times. I have read Acheron four times.
There are some truly heartbreaking scenes in this novel that really propel the reader out of their comfort zone. For the majority of the book we follow along with Apostolos who was put into the womb of the Queen of Atlantis. When she gave birth to her two sons immediately the attendants could see a difference in Apostolos who had silvery eyes. He was "marked" from birth and abused more cruelly than anyone else in the kingdom was abused.
If you've not read the previous 14 novels you should before you pick up Acheron.
It's a fantastic read and I waited and waited and waited for this book. I got it the day it came out, and it remains one of my favorite Dark Hunter novels as well as novels in general.
I love the world that Sherrilyn Kenyon has created. Her books have given me HOURS of entertainment.