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Heart of the Dragon by Gena Showalter
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Dec 29, 11

did not like it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, did-not-finish, dont-bother, 2011-reads, dragons, 1-star
Read from June 25 to 26, 2011

This book was a pure whine-fest. The plot was horrendously predictable, and the heroine is a major whiner, and a B with an ITCH. Seriously, what the hell is wrong with her? She's like those anorexic, cheerleader whiner-babies that is totally unsatisfied with her life. And don't get me started on the male protagonist. He was an emotional wreck when he saw her, all "i should kill you but i cant cause i get all tingly with this insta-love shit that i still dont want to acknowledge is love thing". Dont get me wrong, im more than fine with insta-loves(what's not to love and all right?), but you've got to build and elaborate it, not just go straight into the face sucking. And so it was downright draggy and uneventful that i stopped reading quite soon after i picked the book up.

Here's how far i got: Darius shed any and all emotions he might have had way back ago after seeing his family get killed and having had his first kill(who was a totally innocent person who just so happen to have stumbled upon the entrance to Atlantis). Grace is a starved, lost girl in the Amazon jungle with a rifle in hand, and who has no qualms using it whatsoever(really? yeah because you go around shooting guys in their asses everyday in your very unfulfilling life like you just did earlier in the book right? totally understandable). She isnt happy with her life(have i said that already?), and is out being an adrenaline junkie when her tour guide, of sorts, bolted on her, taking with him all her supplies including food and the makeshift shelter. She stumbles upon this whole bunch of human-like apes which is a rip off of the funny baboon scene in Tarzan, and all of a sudden, this weird dragon necklace that her brother gave her started glowing and tugging her to this cave. She wandered further into the cave and got transported to Atlantis where she meets Darius at the cave entrance/exit. Both of them gets these lusty feelings INSTANTLY and omg..Yeah and so Darius managed to bring her to his private chambers in his palace(yes he is the king of the palace) and they knocked it off with lots of french kissing.

I stopped there. Cause it was filled in between with SOO much inner whining and draggy parts that i literally rolled my eyes(and i dont do that often cause i have a manly rep to protect ok..)and closed the book and was like, ah f*ck..this is a hell of a disappointment(sorry for the language. I think long term reading Hellion's reviews and the f word is flowing out of me like nobody's business). Because i had such high expections for this book which had an effing lot of plot potential. And i say effing lot cause apparently im a sucker for cool, reclusive, high-flying/status guys who fall for that one special, mortal girl with spirit. And Showalter is a rather renowned author with a hell lot of books to decorate her biography(ok awkward phrasing, but you get what i mean).

The female protagonist, Grace Carlyle, isnt endearing, at all. She's really like a crazy, wild and unappreciative brat who keeps getting into trouble and looking for hot sex(yes it was explicitly stated), and i dont get the lovey dovey chemistry that should be there(and this love or lust at first sight is hardly an acceptable excuse), like in Firelight by Sophie Jordan, that one i loved, and craved for more, but this one is just pushing it.

The male protagonist was ok...........weird, cool, but not ideal(maybe my impression was sullen-ed from all those repetitive "should i?but i shouldnt..Should i?but i shouldnt..SHOULD I?" oh god just effing make a freaking decision. My first impression of him wasnt bad just went down a steady steep decline as i progressed further into the book. but just freaking MOVE ON, dude. i should too..sigh.) There werent many side characters other than Darius' underlings. But they didnt really shine all that much..And especially with their rebellious, disrespectful attitude, it totally destroyed Darius' image as a commanding and well-respected king.

To sum it all up and tho i cant help repeating myself: Whiny. Draggy. Uneventful. Disliked female protagonist. Unendearing male protagonist(maybe just a little huh, not so unendearing). Not much plot building. Not much chemistry in the relationship. Appallingly predictable plot. Bad book. Did not even reach a quarter of the book. Painful reading process. And i repeat PAINFUL.
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Rachael hahaha i havent even read the book but ya review made me laugh alot :)

message 2: by Cyp (new) - rated it 1 star

Cyp Haha thanks, Rachel! Though I didn't mean to be so mean. I REALLLY tried to like it.....but couldn't. Sigh.

Rachael hey feel free to comment too i posted about gray -- jewel of atlantis -- in a discussion thing (ya will find it under the main topic)

think ya will laugh ...
its a lil like yours but about Gray instead :)

message 4: by Cyp (new) - rated it 1 star

Cyp I've just read your comment at the forum, and wow, is he really that bad? Hahaha, he sounds like an egotistical, self-absorbed weasel.:(

Rachael Hahaha ... im about 1/2 way through .. nah he isnt too bad but even the heroine comments or thinks hes sex mad for a human haha ... but nah my comments were mainly on looks based (maybe others will disagree) but i didnt find him lickable or the type i would jump into bed with ....

*rofl* but he is only a fictional charecter so its not that bad :) though ive been spoilt for human book men now i read about sexy Paranormal/ mythical ones :P

message 6: by Cyp (new) - rated it 1 star

Cyp Haha, yeah! I thought that too, but then I read my very first contemp romance and I totally think he's better than all other paranormal males. He's called Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.:)

Rachael nice havent heard that one :) though i do still like the mills and boons and they are all human/ human romances :)

Tonielle Yes, absolutely yes to everything said in your review. Looks like you stopped at the exact same point I did!

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