A 4 for the story, but a 2 for the terrible editing! Names misspelled and brothers mixed up!? Little things don't usually bother me, but when they areA 4 for the story, but a 2 for the terrible editing! Names misspelled and brothers mixed up!? Little things don't usually bother me, but when they are egregious enough to take me completely out of the story I feel then need to comment....more
I'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I loved the descriptions of the Louisiana swamp and its inhabitants, and the story was fast-paced and exciI'm torn between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I loved the descriptions of the Louisiana swamp and its inhabitants, and the story was fast-paced and exciting, but on the other hand I found the accent of the people forced and it served to distract me from the story. I know the way people from Louisiana sound and reading the author's interpretation of the local dialect was disappointing. Maybe it's just me, but I was so busy reading the words exactly as Feehan had written them (all of the "don'" do thats and "goin'" to do thats,) that I felt like I missed some of the magic in the story - seriously, the word "don'" had to be used at least a hundred and fifty times!
As with all her series', Christine Feehan is a master at weaving her stories together and introducing new characters that I am certain to pine for in the coming year. Anxiously awaiting the newest installment in any of her series' is something that I find delicious. I hope however that her next book will focus more on the story instead of the way her characters sound....more
I read the original Dark Prince years ago and enjoyed it. After reading the new expanded "Author's Cut" edition, I was inspired to go back and read thI read the original Dark Prince years ago and enjoyed it. After reading the new expanded "Author's Cut" edition, I was inspired to go back and read the whole series again. This new edition is really a fantastic read and although I couldn't tell you which were the expanded scenes, I had an overall feeling of completion after reading this edition that I don't remember from the original. The new edition seems to tie the entire series together in a way that makes me want to revisit all my favorites again!...more
I got this ebook FREE on Amazon! It was ok. I love the shapeshifter storyline, but everything was just too abbreviated for my taste - I am not famouslI got this ebook FREE on Amazon! It was ok. I love the shapeshifter storyline, but everything was just too abbreviated for my taste - I am not famously fond of the novella. I wish there were more to the story, and that it didn't feel so much like the characters just jumped into bed together, but there were only so many pages. ...more
The writing in The Struggle is better than its predecessor, The Awakening - either that or I've just become more accustomed to L.J. Smith's style, butThe writing in The Struggle is better than its predecessor, The Awakening - either that or I've just become more accustomed to L.J. Smith's style, but more on that later I think... I was easily drawn into the story in this novel, hungry (pun intended) to discover what had become of Elena, Stefan and Damon, as well as supporting cast, Bonnie, Meredith, and "mean girl" Caroline. I can't say that I particularly like the place they end up in The Struggle, but I'm willing to pick up the next book based on what I read (as well as Smith's slightly annoying habit of ending each story on a cliff-hanger the size of Pikes Peak.)
The Struggle is an easy read and one that is entertaining enough to read in one sitting. The build-up to the climax of the novel seemed at times interminable, with brief heart-stopping moments of drama between Elena and Damon forcing me to plod along seeking some kind of real action, any old action would do. As far as brain-candy goes, The Struggle is actually the perfect weekend/holiday read - not something that one would call particularly unforgettable, but all in all a diverting enough read. ...more
Lover Mine, the 8th installment in J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, is possibly my favorite in the series yet! It's hard not to be moved bLover Mine, the 8th installment in J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, is possibly my favorite in the series yet! It's hard not to be moved by John's storyline, and not to "root" for him tirelessly over the span of the last few books as he discovered his true identity and found a real family. He is maybe my favorite brother-who-is-not-quite-a-brother-yet, and I was very pleased with his "happily ever after" with Xhex as well as his re-connecting with father-figure Thor.
Lover Mine is full of action and the drama and angst that is synonymous with the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Fans of the series will also be delighted with the glimpses into Darius and Thor's past with Xhex, and the bit of avenging closure we've all been waiting for for several books now.
There are a couple of issues with Lover Mine - the paranormal reality side-story was irritating and confusing, at least until the end of the book and the "big reveal;" and for some reason, the set-up for the next book, Payne's story, was boring and distracted me from the main story. Still, overall Lover Mine was a big win in my book, and I will be looking forward to the next installment in 2011....more
Almost from the moment he was introduced in the series, I have wanted to learn more about the half-sympath Rehvenge. He is Bella's (Zsadist's mate, frAlmost from the moment he was introduced in the series, I have wanted to learn more about the half-sympath Rehvenge. He is Bella's (Zsadist's mate, from book 3) brother and now the leader of the glymera, the vampire aristocracy. The knowledge that he is half-sympath is a closely guarded secret, even from his own flesh and blood, but the price of silence is extremely high.
Rehvenge is a complicated and fascinating character, making Lover Avenged a wonderful addition to the series. Along with his story, J.R. Ward continues to combine drama with other characters and tension about the war with the Lessening Society into Lover Avenged, creating depth and a taut, suspenseful story. I noticed that the next book, Lover Mine, will be released in paperback this week, and I will definitely be picking it up to continue the series. ...more
Ivan Doig's The Whistling Season is a well-written, charming look into America's past. The lives of the Montana homesteaders and their families come tIvan Doig's The Whistling Season is a well-written, charming look into America's past. The lives of the Montana homesteaders and their families come to vivid life within the pages, allowing this reader to lose herself in the beauty of Doig's descriptions. The language Doig uses is artistic, exquisitely illustrating a way of life lost to us many years ago.
There are so many great things about The Whistling Season that I could quite literally write pages about it! The characters in are phenomenally well-formed. From Rose and her brother Morrie, to Oliver and his boys, to the schoolyard bullies they encounter, Doig has created realistic and complex characters, leaving the reader wanting more. The setting constructed in The Whistling Season is wonderfully atmospheric and the detail the novel contains is simply breathtaking.
Ivan Doig's The Whistling Season is everything a good story should be - interesting and entertaining, with realistic characters and a strong sense of setting. What more can a reader ask for?...more
Bullet is book 19 in Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series." I have mostly enjoyed the entire series, with the exception of a fewBullet is book 19 in Laurell K. Hamilton's "Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series." I have mostly enjoyed the entire series, with the exception of a few of the more recent installments. The storyline running through Bullet was entertaining. The reemergence of the The Mother of All Darkness kept tension running through the plot, revealing the need for the St. Louis supernaturals to reach out to old allies and new, to reinforce their power against the ultimate evil. The plot was strong and full of metaphysical-gooey-goodness - so if you like that sort of thing (as I do,) then you will probably be happy overall with Bullet.
Now to the things that I didn't appreciate and some things that downright bugged the heck out of me. There was A LOT of superfluous description in Bullet - every piece of clothing, every physical description, every bit of decoration was described in great detail, but added nothing to the atmosphere in the book. It seriously felt like LKH was just padding the plot with a lot of unnecessary fluff. Also, Anita's physical descriptions are completely sexist. Mostly I let this go, but it's starting to bug me that the men in Anita's life have a "feminine" beauty or are "girlishly" sized. Enough already! And it doesn't help that Anita refers to some of her actions as "the guy thing to do." Ugh.
Some things that irritate other reviewers don't bother me as much: group sex scenes, LKH's use of certain tried-and-true phrases over and over and over again, Richard's sudden "evolution" into his place in Jean-Claude's triumvirate, the fact that there was no necromancy in Bullet and very little involvement in the police-procedural type drama that many fans are hopelessly devoted to - I'm good with those things for the most part. The poor editing job bothers me a little more than normal - meaning that is was REALLY noticeable in places.
I'm torn over the star rating for Bullet. I'm going to judge it based on the best in the series and say it was just mediocre. I liked the story itself, but not enough to give it 5 or even 4 stars. Taken on the whole, I'd give it 3.5 stars, but since I can't do that here I'm going to lower my rating to 3. Bullet is not bad, but it's certainly still off LKH's A-game....more
Eve is a beautifully written re-imagining of one of mankind's oldest stories. Elliott's writing is exquisitely lyrical, weaving a fascinating story frEve is a beautifully written re-imagining of one of mankind's oldest stories. Elliott's writing is exquisitely lyrical, weaving a fascinating story from the multiple points-of-view of Eve and her daughters. I picked up Eve at my library and read it completely for enjoyment, not as someone who has studied the Bible in-depth. Personally, I found it to be an incredibly compelling piece of historical fiction.
Elissa Elliott's writing is delicious! Her prose is expressive and graceful - this is a woman who knows how to turn a phrase. When I read a book, I mark memorable and particularly captivating passages so that I can share them with others. By page 60 of Eve, I had marked so many passages that I ran out of post-its! The writing is magnificent, evoking the true spirit of Biblical times for the reader.
The characters in Elissa Elliott's Eve - especially Eve's daughters: the eldest, Naava, the beautiful but self-absorbed weaver; Aya, the intelligent, club-footed cook and healer; and Dara, the kind-hearted, perceptive twin - are richly drawn and leap off the pages, brilliantly alive in the reader's mind.
The story of Adam and Eve is well-researched and vividly recounted in Elissa Elliott's Eve: A Novel of the First Woman. I would definitely recommend this novel to lovers of historical fiction, and to anyone who enjoys an engaging and delightfully well-written story....more