The first half was amazing the second half not so much. I hated the plottwist, sadly we don't get much romance after that considering the rev4.0 stars
The first half was amazing the second half not so much. I hated the plottwist, sadly we don't get much romance after that considering the revelation. And I had questions that weren't answered at all, concerning Sasha and a certain other man. I'm a little bit disappointed, this story could've been better. I loved Kjell, he was amazing, although I didn't expected him to be so emotional and the love story developed too fast. I couldn't believe he would fall so easily in love. Okay, the first part covered over 4 weeks, but I didn't see why he fell in love. Sasha was too good, a Goddess... and she was too invisible in the second part, I needed more of her and definitely more Kjell-Sasha screentime in the end. :( But the epilogue was good!...more
I'm so glad that I bought this book despite the BAD ratings because I really liked this novel. It wasn't perfect (but not for the reasons mos5.0 stars
I'm so glad that I bought this book despite the BAD ratings because I really liked this novel. It wasn't perfect (but not for the reasons most people stated at least for me) but it was entertaining with, and that matters most to me, a beautiful developed love story. Nevertheless I wish that I NEVER read the negative reviews, because it made me question the book while reading it which I absolutely hate (and sadly it happens way too often for me)! I want to read a book with a clean slate and without prejudices and with "The Traitor's Kiss" I virtually waited for the "the shocking and racist" moments and they never came. And I'm far from ignorant and blind when it comes to things like racism and discrimination, but to me this book wasn't one of this horrible books. And it surprised me that the book got so much hate, because I loved it and had I not known it before it I wouldn't have expected it. Hate me for it, but that's how it is! But that doesn't mean that "The Traitor's Kiss" was perfect, it wasn't but that doesn't mean that I couldn't enjoy the story, which I did. It's a book that was easy and fast to read and because my focus lies with the romance, the lacking world-building and unimaginative villain wasn't a problem for me.
To address one of the main criticisms of the story the "racism" due to the fact that the Kimismar are dark-skinned and the enemies of the country Sage is from? I really don't know why the book really got the hate, so I'm a little confused about the main reasons because I didn't see it like that. Yes, Erin Beaty has a huge problem describing the characters physical appearances, those are extremely vague most of the time. Beaty mostly focuses on skin/hair/eye color or overall appearance (mostly something like "darker" /"more tanned"), sometimes we get more like "bigger eyes", "flat chested" or "crooked nose" but it didn't help me envision the characters. There is so much more to describe like hair style/structure, eye shape, face shape, physical build, ... I don't know if Erin Beaty intended it like that or if the descriptions were cut out due to the criticism or if Beaty is simply bad at describing her characters. Either way, that is one of my main criticisms about the story. So she definitely isn't very imaginative with her descriptions, they get repetive very fast, but that's not racism to me. "Dark as the shadows" is just like "white as chalk" or "pale as porcelain", I don't think either statement is racist. And yes, the people from the enemy territory, the Kimismar, are dark-skinned, which isn't racist as well. To me they never even were the "bad people" or the villains of the story. They weren't descripted as brutal or bad, we never really see anything of them, except some soldiers which of course aren't sweet tempered (just like Alex and his fellow soldiers!). To me the Kimismar were descripted as "starving, desperate and in barely surviving" so I could at least understand their motivation, in contrast to the real villain of the story (who was white (I guess) and rich and simply selfishly evil). I think we will see more of the Kimismar in the next book and as long as they aren't generally described as "barbarians by birth" I don't see a problem with them being dark-skinned, them being white-skinned would be as racist (to me: not racist at all). What I hope is that the get to see people aside from their soldiers who are just "human", who just want to have a better life and are as capable of humanity as anyone else.
Aside from that Alex is dark-skinned as well, I think he is of mixed-heritage, his mother was from a region with darker-skinned people and neither Alex, nor this mother (I think we only get to know that she is extremely beautiful) or the region was mentioned in a bad way. If something specific of the region was mentioned at all. I don't think so. I never really understood the world Sage lives in, with all its regions who were invaded when and by whom and what their differences are (I think Beaty only mentioned skin-tones... yeah, we see her problem again... vague descriptions... she could've used religion, culture and more to show their differences). That didn't really matter to me, I was focused on the love story. ;-)
And yes, Jacqueline (I don't like that name!) is the main female antagonist (and I think the only mean female in this novel... which is less than in most other YA romances). And she has clump foot which I think was used by Beaty to explain her behavior and should've redeemed her a little bit I guess. It didn't really help, I neither hated nor liked her. She doesn't have any real redeeming qualities, just like our main villain who is perfectly white and rich and noble (I guess, I don't really know how he looks like, if he was described I forgot it). I mean it's not like people with inabilities cannot be bad people. And Jacqueline wasn't that bad. Just spoiled and mean. I think it just showed a flaw in Erin Beatys writing that her characters are either "good" or "bad" with nothing in between. That's the problem for me, it simply more fun to read about people who aren't 100% good or bad.
Was this really called a "Mulan retelling" sometime? It's definitely not, it just has a few similiarities. The "matchmaking gone wrong", the young captain with the general as a father, the "princess escort" (in Mulan 2) and the heroine dressed up like a male a few times. And I think that's it. But it wouldn't be a huge problem for me if it were a Mulan retelling with a white heroine. I mean, I love "Beauty and The Beast" retellings that are not set in France or with a dark-skinned heroine (I can definitely recommend "Bellamy and the Brute" by the way!), and I don't see anything wrong with an Indian "Pride and Prejudice" (Bride and Prejudice?) or a Asian Cinderella. I mean most fairytales are originally set in Europe and nonetheless we have a bazillion (some of them brilliant) adaptions that are not. I would have a bigger problem with Disney making a f*cking live-action version without the songs in it! And yes, I hate it when a movie is set in Asia and the stupid protagonist is Tom Cruise or another white actor... but that's another story.
So to the other aspects of the story: I really, really loved the romance. It was slow-burning and slow-paced, but Sage and Alex had so many sweet and hot moments. Wow, I especially loved Alex. Just my type of hero. In the beginning I had some problems with Sage, I think she is too much like me (although I'm not as good in "understanding and observing" people). And to be honest, I wouldn't like me as a protagonist at all. But after some time Sage grew on me, although I definitely liked Alex more. And would've liked to see more from the side characters (whose names I forgot). Nevertheless I think she is a good match for Alex. I liked that the story didn't end in a cliffhanger, although I can't see two more books about Sage and Alex. For me their story is told. A little epilogue and that's it. If Erin Beaty uses another love interest, some kind of love triangle, I will NOT read the next book. Nope. I hope she focuses on another couple in the next book. Maybe Ash, Rob and a female from Kimismar? I would love that.
Conclusion: The story isn't perfect, but I simply loved the romance in "The Traitor's Kiss".
PS: Can anybody tell my why the book has this title? Alex is not a traitor... o.O...more
Ich habe Julianna Grohes Geschichte gelesen. Der einen Teil von "Die Vierte Braut" aus Sicht des Hauptmannes erzählt. Ich fand den Teil leid3.5 Sterne
Ich habe Julianna Grohes Geschichte gelesen. Der einen Teil von "Die Vierte Braut" aus Sicht des Hauptmannes erzählt. Ich fand den Teil leider viel zu kurz, außerdem hat er nicht viel neue Erkenntnisse gebracht, da man eigentlich zu wenig über den Hauptmann erfährt. Der Geschichte fehlt das Gewisse etwas.
Vielleicht werde ich ein paar andere Kurzgeschichten auch noch lesen, aber nicht in der nächsten Zeit....more
Avery was an amazing hero, but I found the story too slow-paced and felt no real connection to the characters. Nevertheless this is an incred3.5 stars
Avery was an amazing hero, but I found the story too slow-paced and felt no real connection to the characters. Nevertheless this is an incredibly modern historical considering his age (I was 10 years old when it was published!) and I really liked the beginning of the story. I always love love stories that start with letters, although that part could've been a more dominant element of the story....more
Nice, but rather short (80-100 pages) and doesn't add much too their story. The story spans approximately 4 days, so we don't see any charact3.0 stars
Nice, but rather short (80-100 pages) and doesn't add much too their story. The story spans approximately 4 days, so we don't see any character development and sadly not a lot of romantic moments between Tate and Bellamy. They have some sweet moments, but that's it. Sweet moments. The story focuses more on the "Ghost Whisperer" aspect of "Bellamy and The Brute", which was okay, but not what I wanted to see. The only thing that really bothered me was the fact that Bellamy seemed younger than in "Bellamy and The Brute". She was so grown-up, and here more than a year later she seemed like a different person: a bland teenager. I still liked her, but missed something. I cannot say what, I just know that I didn't really recognize her.
And I think the story is overpriced. You get the main novel which has a LOT more pages for exactly the same price!...more
"That Scandalous Evening" was surprisinly good (after I didn't like "One Kiss From You"), although I doubt that I will read more books by Chr4.5 stars
"That Scandalous Evening" was surprisinly good (after I didn't like "One Kiss From You"), although I doubt that I will read more books by Christina Dodd. The next novels in this series don't sound interesting enough.
I always love "secretly (or in this case not so secretly) in love for years" stories and Jane was an amazing heroine. I liked her so much, more than Ransom! And that doesn't happen very often. ;-) She wasn't behaving like a 28-year-old woman (more like "new adult") but I liked her strength and that she wasn't forgiving Ransom everything just because she was in love with him. He had to fight and grovel in the end, which doesn't happen nearly enough. And Ransom definitely deserved the set-down! Contrary to other readers I liked Ransom (most of the time), he wasn't as asshole-y as I expected. My biggest problem with him was that I simply didn't understand his feelings and behaviour in many scenes, although we have his POV. When was he acting because of revenge, desire, love? Sometimes I didn't get it, especially what he felt in the library scene (eleven years ago). Or when did his feelings change? He was so confusing, his emotions and intentions seemed to change from one minute to the other. XD I really wanted his POV in the last scene or at least an epilogue! I wanted and needed the latter, I just love good epilogues! Jane and Ransom had an intense chemistry, they had so many sizzling hot scenes together, without it being to explicit for me. Although Ransoms "sex talk" definitely needs improvement. Who wants to be called "girl" when making love? That's so strange! And him telling her in the end that she moves like a "good horse" made me laugh so hard! XD
And the second big problem with "That Scandalous Evening" was that stupid and unnecessary spy plot. I generally don't like them, BECAUSE they are executed so badly in historical romances most of the time, with "That Scandalous Evening" being one of those novels. It was soooo ridiculous that Jane drew the right conclusions in minutes (or probably one evening), when Ransom and the other involved people had NO clue. Sorry, Ransom wasn't that stupid!
Conclusion: A very good "in love for years" story, with a string heroine and a hero who behaved like a cad now and then. Sadly the spy side story was unnecessary and stupid....more
The love story is way better than in the last two Blood Realm Prince books, but Corrine was so annoying and Maribels trust in her. I wished t3.0 stars
The love story is way better than in the last two Blood Realm Prince books, but Corrine was so annoying and Maribels trust in her. I wished that side story would've been shorter. And I didn't liked it that Daman had a fucking penis in his naga(!) form, his lower half is a snake/wyvern. It's like imagining a merman with a penis or a mermaid with a vagina o.O It's unnecessary......more