I was impressed with the beautiful fantasy world that the author created, but like an iceberg, there was much more to this book than just the enchanti...moreI was impressed with the beautiful fantasy world that the author created, but like an iceberg, there was much more to this book than just the enchanting surface. I found a message of strength in the way Trevain used his age and his limp as an excuse to limit himself, but after meeting Aazuria he discovers that he can do things that he never imagined, and that he was being really close-minded. Trevain goes from thinking that the better part of his life is over to believing that life has really just begun, and not just because he has found love, but because he has learned so much. He learns that he has made some pretty big mistakes and destroyed his mother's life, and he has trouble coping with this, but he is given a second chance to change everything.
There is a lot of humor in this book as well, and I often laughed out loud. I love the irony of Trevain constantly thinking he is too old to be with Aazuria because he is 50 and she looks like she is only 18, but then he learns that she is actually 603 years old and he has been the "infant" in the relationship all along. Visola is also a very funny character with her lust for violence.
I really like the way that the humor is mixed in with the drama... it keeps things light when so much is happening that is really heavy. The scene where Aazuria kneels before her dead father in the mausoleum is very moving, and the fight scenes are very exciting.
Look deep in her eyes: Absolutely incredible read ,the book covers an immense number of different phases of her life. It's so rare a girl is so open fas...moreLook deep in her eyes: Absolutely incredible read ,the book covers an immense number of different phases of her life. It's so rare a girl is so open fascinating and revealing speaking as a male quiet refreshing!(less)
Ex-Husband and Wife Dig Up Ancient Issues and Try to Kill Each Other
Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds! Maybe fun isn’t the right word to describe graphic...moreEx-Husband and Wife Dig Up Ancient Issues and Try to Kill Each Other
Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds! Maybe fun isn’t the right word to describe graphic torture and bloodshed, but it was definitely an enjoyable read. I was a bit sceptical at first because I didn’t like the idea that Visola’s love interest was this monster that we learned a little about in the previous book. But everything was revealed in a very absorbing way, including a delightful flashback to Australia in 1797.
There was a fantastical, almost trippy scene which reminded me of Alice in Wonderland. You can see that the author relaxed a bit more in this book, playing with layers of consciousness and metaphors. Ms. Scrieva seamlessly weaves folklore and mythology into modern themes and contemporary conflicts. She did it again! I expected the sequel would suffer from the strained lull that some books do, but not at all—this novel was way, way more gripping than the first. You can see that the story was painstakingly and expertly planned, the groundwork having been set in the first book.
My only complaint is that Visola is too wild and crazy to be realistic—but I guess that’s what makes her so charming. She’s like a female Braveheart. An action heroine with lots of balls and lots of soul. Did I mention humour? Lots and lots of humour in the most unexpected places. I loved it!(less)
In this light romantic story, we see a guardian angel named Kayla who has some problems with her job. She is caving under the pressure...moreA feel-good book
In this light romantic story, we see a guardian angel named Kayla who has some problems with her job. She is caving under the pressures of work, and she is not as successful as she used to be in saving people in need. Kieran is a young man at college who is also having troubles with his school and love life. The two have an interesting connection when they meet, and I liked reading about their adventure.
I prefer the author's other books which are a bit darker and more adult, but I think this would be a good read for a slightly younger audience. The characters really draw you in and make you curious about what happens to them. The length is a refreshing change from Nadia's super-long novels!(less)