I'm a little disappointed. The story was hilarious, but the story was too short for a realistic development of the romance and in the last th3.5 stars
I'm a little disappointed. The story was hilarious, but the story was too short for a realistic development of the romance and in the last third most of the story was about sex. And the sex was really explicit, definitely more than in normal romances, but no overly so. Because the story wasn't about sex in the first half of the story it's on the borderline between normal romances and erotica for me. But I liked "The Scarecrow King" A LOT more than this story, where the sex was "closed doors" (a term I recently learned reading the authors note at the end of "The Scarecrow King"). The explicit sex did nothing for the story and the characters were one-dimensional and showed not development. BUT I really liked the idea that Belle, although very beautiful, was slow and stupid (because it's not called "Smartypants and the Beast" but "Beauty and the Beast" as Pippas fair Godmother told her). And I liked that Pippa had the task to make the beast and Belle fall in love (to get a second change after she died in one dimension) which lead to many hilarious moments. But Belle is not only stupid and stubborn, she is selfish, self-absorbed, vain and shallow, and there is no way that Belle can look behind the beasts mask as she did in the original fairytale. So Pippas task is a very, very hard one...
Something that didn't make sense to me was that Pippa could feel the "human Duncan" when the "beast Duncan" touched her. How is that possible? I mean, even when she feels human skin on her intimate parts it's his paw touching her. And his paw fingers are bigger than human fingers and hairy. I know why the author did it, because people might think it strange for Pippa to have sex with a beast, but the execution was strange. It was stranger than having Pippa to have sex with Duncan as a beast. ...more
I love "König Drosselbart" (the original german title), it's one of my favourite fairytales (together with "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the B5.0 stars
I love "König Drosselbart" (the original german title), it's one of my favourite fairytales (together with "Cinderella" and "Beauty and the Beast"), although it's very hard to like the hero in the original fairytale in some parts of the story, because of the way he treats the princess to teach her a lesson. Jill Myles wasn't a fan of that part too (which she stated at the end of the book) and changed that aspect and I LOVED it. Throughout the book I thought that Aleks reasons for his actions were the same as "Drosselbarts", for which reason I was surprised when he wanted to tell her his secret more or less early in the story. It didn't happen, but I was questioning his motives and later learned, that although he wanted her to stop valuing money, clothing and luxury so much, he never wanted to teach her a lesson the way "Drosselbart" did. He wanted her to be happy and safe and although he gave most of her belongings away never treated her badly (at least not on purpose). Rinda was annoying sometimes, but it was necessary. She wasn't as vain as the princess in the original, but had her reasons for behaving her way. But she was a princess, so living in poverty wasn't easy for her. But she changed from a selfish and superficial princess to a caring woman and although I didn't love her as SWEET, SWEET ALEK, but I liked her and her journey. I only wished to have one or more scenes from Aleks's perspective. I wanted to hear his thoughts and wanted to know his feelings.
A thing that confused me was the authors note that said that her other books are "not closed door, but open door". I thought that she meant that her other books have open-endings (no HEA), because this one has a very, very sweet ending. And because I already bought another book by her I looked at the ending of that one (because books with no HEA or at least a HFN are not for me) and I seemed like an HEA. And after I realised that it ending in a very explicit sex scene I understood what "closed door" really meant. To be honest it took some moments, but closed or open door means the bedroom door. XD And yes, "The Scarecrow King" doesn't have a sex scene although the characters have sex. I loved it! I don't mind sex scenes, I only hate them if a book has too many or they read like a cheap porn movie, but I don't need them to be explicit. And after reading a lot of books without the characters having sex, open or closed door, I realised that it gives a nice touch to a lovestory. Especially when the characters came together before the end (which I like) it makes the romance feel more real, because couples have sex. It's normal and romantic. :)...more
This book is perfect!!! The characters, the world, the friendship and romance, I loved everything. One of the best debut novels I ever read.5.0+ stars
This book is perfect!!! The characters, the world, the friendship and romance, I loved everything. One of the best debut novels I ever read.
I loved that Sam wanted to be her own knight and not a princess to be saved. And she was. Without being too perfect, she needed to be saved sometimes and she wasn't as strong as her male companions, but they needed saving too. And their friendship and banter, it was hilarious as were the brothel scene. Oh my, I laughed so hard. Or the scene in the tend or when Braeden and Sam wrestled. This is how a book should be where the heroine is trying her best to appear like a boy, and travelling with two males can lead to certain embarrassing scenes, not only for Sam, I might add. ;-) Sam was emotional and it felt so real, as did Tristan and Braeden, everyone of those three shed tears. They weren't perfect but they felt human.
And the romance. Wow. I knew there was one in the novel but it was really hard to say which one would be Sams love interest (I haven't read the blurb) because at first a brilliant friendship developed which turned into love later on. There is no real love triangle (yeah!) but it wasn't clear from the beginning, which I really liked....more
The hero was awful, he was an angry asshole, always selfish and with a very bad temper... I didn't believe his change for the better, I disli2.5 stars
The hero was awful, he was an angry asshole, always selfish and with a very bad temper... I didn't believe his change for the better, I disliked him in 70% of the book....
The story was okay, I liked that the heroine told the hero when he behaved badly, but I didn't believe that she fell in love with him. The lovestory was too rushed, from one moment to another the feelings changed from dislike to love......more
Perfect song: "Strong" from the Cinderella Soundtrack (this book has some strong Cinderella moments, although it was a "Beauty and the Beast"5.0 stars
Perfect song: "Strong" from the Cinderella Soundtrack (this book has some strong Cinderella moments, although it was a "Beauty and the Beast" retelling and definitely felt like one)
I really, really loved this book, it was so emotional and entertaining. BUT I can understand all the people who hated the King for being an idiot and more in some situations. He was stupid and made wrong decisions and Calia forgave him to quickly and easily, but I could see his good side as well and really thought that he regretted his douchebag behaviour (although he should have realized it on his own instead other people told him he was wrong or Calia nearly died...)
The ending really disappointed me, I expected a rose to play a part in it and I wanted him to fight more. Calia was too forgiving, I wanted to see that he changed and wouldn't react like before in a similar situation.
Overall I cannot recommend this book to readers who hate it when heroes hurt the heroine or treat her badly. The king wasn't too evil but he was a king and behaved like one. Yes, he was cold but I loved his nice moments. When he treated his servants/slaves well or gave Calia presents, but they had to learn that it was his will and power that gave them everything they have. They had a lot BUT it was because of if goodwill. Nevertheless he had his sweet moments and those were enough for me to forgive him (although I would if he were a real man... I would hate him, but within the novel I like him a lot...) Calia grew throughout the story. In the first half she cried A LOT and struggled with the feeling of being alone, ugly and unloved (and even her mother told her how ugly and unworthy she is and "sold" her to the king...) but she grew stronger and I loved how she really wanted to get away after she nearly died but good back only because she had nowhere to go. Or that she didn't come back begging after he sent her away. I really believed that she would have left him, if she got the change and still believed that he didn't love her....more
I just couldn't bring myself finish this book. Okay, I read the ending, because I hoped it would make me want to read1.5 stars DNF - after 260 pages
I just couldn't bring myself finish this book. Okay, I read the ending, because I hoped it would make me want to read the rest of the story but it didn't. I wasn't surprised about Ignifex past and about Shades identity. It was the only thing that made sense, this is a fairytale retelling after all and a lovestory. Nevertheless the rest of the ending (I only skipped through the last one or two chapters) confused me (which isn't surprising, because the story confused me even before I started skipping pages). I think I'm too stupid to understand the workings of the world Rosamund Hodge created and I had no desire to make an effort in understanding everything. I just wasn't caring enough.
The idea of the story and the world building is great, one cannot argue that point, but I just didn't care for any of the characters. I liked Ignifex most of the three protagonists and he was portrait as the "bad" guy, but I wasn't even close to caring for his past, present or future. Shade was the "good" guy, but really, really creepy. I always had the feeling that he is hiding his evil nature. And Nyx was annoying as HELL! Yes, she isn't the typical nice, naive, caring and kind heroine, but just being different doesn't make a character likeable and she wasn't likeable. I understood her hatred (in some parts), but it was SO annoying that she kept repeating the same thoughts over and over again.
I hate my father. I hate my sister. I love my sister. No, I pretended to love my sister. Maybe I could love my sister. But I hate my sister. I miss my sister. I want to apologize. But I hate my sister. And my father. And my aunt. But I regret hating my sister, but I only pretended to love her. Shade is so nice. I want to kiss him and I might love him. Does he love me? Why didn't he kiss me? I hate Ignifex. I want Ignifex. I regret wanting Ignifex. I want Shade. I love Ignifex...
And all those thoughts were repeated over and over again. Get your sh*t together, girl! Yeah, everyone understood it. Although I bet that no one can understand Nyx. Her definition of love is not the definition of love I have. When did she thought she is in love with Shade? After he was nice to her in two occasions, kissed her hands, smiled at her and that's it. She didn't knew ANYTHING about him, but she was in love. But she fell in love with Ignifex at the same time, because he was nice to her too. And he was soo hot or whatever. The reality is, the only felt want and lust, not love.. I mean she would sleep with Ignifex in her lap and kiss Shade at the same time or something like that. No, no, this is not love. It's infatuation and lust, nothing more.
With a different heroine I MIGHT have liked this book but as it stands I didn't care for it much. It's not generally bad, just not my type of story....more
Leider hat mich der dritte Band etwas enttäuscht, da mir das Ende etwas zu überhastet war und der Kampf vorm "Epilog" irgendwie nicht zur Ge3.5 Sterne
Leider hat mich der dritte Band etwas enttäuscht, da mir das Ende etwas zu überhastet war und der Kampf vorm "Epilog" irgendwie nicht zur Geschichte passte. Ich fand die Idee nicht schlecht, aber den Kontrast zum Ende zu stark, sodass ich mich etwas aus der Geschichte geworfen fühlte und mir einfach ein bisschen mehr Ende erhofft habe. Desweitern hat es mich tatsächlich etwas genervt, dass sich vieles wieder im Kreis drehte. Ich fand es schon bei Band 2 etwas anstrengend, aber hier hatte ich noch stärker das Gefühl, dass die Probleme denen aus den ersten beiden Bänden ähnelten. Die meisten Charaktere waren einfach zu blöd, um ihr Glück beim Schopfe zu packen! Ich konnte bei einigen nicht nachvollziehen, was ihr Problem eigentlich genau ist oder wieso so sich das Leben selber schwer machen. Und anstatt etwas zu tun warten sie auf's Schicksal oder sonst irgendwas, dass ihnen hilft, um dann endlich etwas zu tun (bzw. in einigen Fällen sind es dann auch wieder andere die die Entscheidung fällen). Sieht man auch an Lean. Wäre da nicht das Schicksal in Form eines Vogels gewese, hätte er ein großes Problem gehabt (view spoiler)[Medea geheiratet, die ich ohnehin so blöd fand, dass ich ihr fast kein Happy End gewünscht hätte, die es dann auch nicht bekommen hätte (hide spoiler)] und damit noch zwei weitere Personen. Wieso? Aber Lean hat ja auch schon in Band 2 blöde Entscheidungen getroffen. Die Idee war verständlich, nur die Ausführung? Was macht es bitte schön besser, wenn Heera nun eine seiner Jägerinnen ist? Er würde doch TROTZDEM für sie, gegen das Königreich entscheiden, wenn es wieder eine Entscheidung wie in Band 2 gebe. Sie bleibt solange seine Schwachstelle, wie sie in seiner Nähe ist und jemand weiß, was er empfindet. Und was das Ende der Trilogie nun an diesem Problem ändert weiß ich auch nicht so genau. Irgendwie bleibt Heera doch immer noch seine Schwäche? Nur, dass andere das nun ausgleichen können?
Insgesamt hat mich der dritte Band etwas enttäuscht, weil ich mir mehr neues gewünscht hätte. Aber alles in allem ist eine eine sehr schöne Reihe, die wirklich sehr märchenhaft erzählt ist und die ich innerhalb eines Tages ausgelesen habe. :-) ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Nicht ganz so gut wie der erste Band, da mir einige Charaktere einfach zu dumme Entscheidungen treffen bzw. mir besonders eine Damen MEGA au4.0 Sterne
Nicht ganz so gut wie der erste Band, da mir einige Charaktere einfach zu dumme Entscheidungen treffen bzw. mir besonders eine Damen MEGA auf die Nerven gegangen sind. Im ersten Band fand ich nur Medea ätzend, aber jetzt kam noch eine Dame neu dazu, die mich aufgeregt hat. Ich habe keine Ahnung, was Männer an denen finden können, aber so ist es ja tatsächlich in einigen Märchen. Nervige Prinzessinnen, die doch ihr Happy End bekommen. Mir tun nur die Helden leid, wobei sie haben es sich ausgesucht und lieben die Prinzessinnen so nervig. Ansonsten dreht sich viel zu viel im Kreis, ich denke dass eine Duologie anstelle einer Trilogie besser gewesen wäre.
Mich stört immer noch etwas, dass Erina erst 14 Jahre alt ist. Früher ein normales Alter, aber mit dem Biest wirkt die Liebesgeschichte etwas komisch. ...more
Der beste Band der Reihe. Ich mochte Heera und auch Lean, obwohl er eher wie ein Teenager als ein 20jähriger Prinz wirkte, der trotz seines4.5 Sterne
Der beste Band der Reihe. Ich mochte Heera und auch Lean, obwohl er eher wie ein Teenager als ein 20jähriger Prinz wirkte, der trotz seines Prinzenstatus alles entscheiden darf, was ich etwas komisch fand. An sich aber eine wirklich schöne Geschichte. Sehr schnell erzählt, wie man es auch Märchen kennt. Es wird sich nicht ewig Zeit gelassen, sondern Prüfungen etc. in hohem Tempo erzählt, auch wenn sie sich über Wochen ziehen. Ich mochte es, auch wenn mir es mir manchmal schwerfiel Gefühle nachzuvollziehen, weil alles wie man es von Märchen kennt Schlag auf Schlag geht. Ich kannte zwar nicht alle verarbeiteten Märchen, da jedoch die Elemente in vielen Märchen auftauchen ist tatsächlich vieles nicht sonderlich überraschend, was der Spannung aber nicht viel schadet.
Nur Medea ging mir tierisch auf den Keks (und das ist noch untertrieben). Wieso DARF sie alles falsch machen und wird am Ende noch belohnt? Wenn man sich Heera ansieht, über die gesamte Reihe, wird sie eigentlich immer gefühlt bestraft, weil sie alles ausbaden muss. Bei Medea dürfen auch immer andere den Karren aus dem Morast ziehen, das hat mich so aufgeregt. ...more