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message 1: by Katherine (new)

Katherine Coble I'm really surprised at the people who have devoted so much of their time and energy on a book that they supposedly hate. Life is so short, yet you'll read a hefty book all the way through? And then you'll write a withering 2000 word review?!

I honestly don't get it.

I think there are a lot of people with preconceived notions about Vampire stories who are just disappointed that this book isn't one of those bare-chested man pulp novels.


message 2: by Melinda (new)

Melinda I totally agree about the sex in this book, I thought it was much better without the graphic detail!


message 3: by Rose (new)

Rose SO tired of pointless reviews! They are long, contain, stupid gifs and memes and just self indulgent. The worst is when they link you to their blog.


message 4: by Diana (new)

Diana my review...plain n simple loved it..funny..great variety of personalities..great backgrounds....good story..and suptle without overdone sec and gore


message 5: by Angie (new)

Angie Agree with all of your comments. I often think the same thing about the lengthy negative reviews....why spend all of that time reading a book you don't like and then bashing the writer? And where is their novel? About a third of the way through now.


message 6: by Joana (new)

Joana I love your review! Ever since I've joined this site I have rolled my eyes more than I can count. I'm just starting this book now but I have to say that it's refreshing to see someone speak up about the wannabe critics.


message 7: by Melissa (new)

Melissa Youn What other historical fictions would you recommend? I am stuck waiting for the 3rd book in this series.


message 8: by Mccine (new)

Mccine Mendiola-ramsey Apparently some of those that reviewed this book need to stick to either YA paranormal romance or Fifty Shades (as stated above). I, too, read a couple of reviews that said this book is "too long".. blah blah blah. Frankly, I loved the historical aspects and felt Ms Harkness wove her story throughout the time period/places/people very well. If you enjoy historical fiction, I'd recommend Philippa Gregory (The White Queen, The Red Queen, etc). Her books delve even further into the life/events/intrigue of their respective time periods. :)


message 9: by Maria (new)

Maria I agree with your views about negative book reviews. I've written a few myself, but I always try to explain why, not just say "It was too long" or "There was too much detail". And a book has to be REALLY horrible (I'm looking at you, The Almost Moon) for me not to finish it.

For Melissa, looking for historical fiction suggestions, it depends on what you like in general. If you like relationships and some intrigue, try Lauren Willig's The Pink Carnation series. If you like more substance, David Liss has a nice variety of historical fiction novels. Edward Rutherfurd is an excellent writer, but his novels are extremely long and detailed, so don't expect to move through them quickly.


message 10: by Katie (new)

Katie I completely agree. This trilogy is beautifully written and I am quite smitten with it.


message 11: by Julie (new)

Julie Mckinney miller I cannot put the books down! They are well written, especially how she weaves the story from past to present, and back again. Cannot wait to finish it and read the last of the trilogy.


message 12: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Why don't you read down more of the reviews? There are plenty of individuals who wrote out the specifics of why they didn't like the book without ranting and raving or leaving a link to their blog. Just because somebody disagrees with your take on the book doesn't mean they are wrong. They just have a different opinion on the matter and shouldn't be bashed for it.


message 13: by Cindy (last edited Aug 15, 2014 11:50AM) (new)

Cindy This review was written almost two years ago. At that time there were several reviews that were conforming to the structure I described. I applaud people who state specifics. I don't think people should prescribe to my opinion just as I believe that I shouldn't be told to prescribe to theirs.


message 14: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Newlove Just finished book 1 and am now enjoying Shadow. When I was younger. In the age of 3-dimensional books, I loved the "fat" books because I didn't want good books to end. I also loved historical fiction that whetted my appetite for learning about actual historical accounts of events/ people during that period. These books satisfy both criteria.


message 15: by Kat (new)

Kat Thank you for saving me from this! I kept holding out hope in the first book and really didn't want to continue hoping if I was ultimately going to be let down!


message 16: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Sharon Nicely stated. So many people also complained about the length instead of appreciating Harkness's beautiful writing. Too much social media has led to a vast number of complainers. Lived the book and enjoyed your review.


message 17: by Diana (new)

Diana Reeve I agree with you Cindy, just finished the 1st book and loved the writing style and descriptions...some people don't appreciate decent storytelling and need everything to be dumbed down...I hate fifty shades and anything by Sylvia day. About to start the second book, can't wait!


message 18: by Lilian (new)

Lilian I like the overal story, it's refreshing,new, exiting. but... I did feel it went on for too long on some parts. For me it got the speed out of the story. It took me quite some time to finish the novel but now that I have I am happy I read it. This story has so much detail I am in awe for the writer. it must have taken so much time to do all the reasurch. I love it how Diana slowely finds out what kind of witch she is in stead of just knowing it from the beginning. The story slowely unravels and that's good, but like I said: It was too slow for me at some parts.


message 19: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Funny thing is, if you scroll down just a couple of reviews you'll see that E.L. James the author of Fifty Shades of Gray gave the book 5 stars & a glowing, but short review.


message 20: by Alyce (new)

Alyce I see how you would interpret the plethora of details as "good writing." However, there is an entire theory of literary study that suggests just the opposite. Great writers show, they don't tell. They expect more of their readers to have the imaginative capabilities to create mental imagery in their own visualizations of the worlds they produce in their writing. Lazy readers want or feel they need someone to do all the work for them. Thinking and imagination take effort and today's readers can't handle it. A truly talented author should be able to conjure amazingly vivid images in the reader's mind with little descriptive prose. In all honesty this author has about enough plot to fill one book, yet we have three because of her tendency to go overboard with cumbersome detail. That being said, this is obviously "pop fiction" and is meant to be read as such. She needs to pander to the lowest common denominator of readers which again, are sadly too lazy to read between the lines and must have everything spelled out in minute detail. So yes I am "moaning and groaning" about the unnecessary level of detail in her books but it's for good reason--because it's bad writing by just about any standard measure of literary scholarship. However, valid point that those of us who study literature should know what we're getting into and it's our own fault for reading it anyway. For me the excruciating detail was worth the interesting parts of the plot so I have endured it. It's always a balance!


message 21: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Lewis Well said Cindy, I totally agree with you, I love a good Historical Romance Novel that has plenty of detail.
I got hooked on Historical Novels and all those wonderful historical facts when someone gave me the first of book of the twelve book series "The Australians" by William Stuart Long (Vivian Stuart).
I love to be educated about the past while relaxing with a good romance.


message 22: by Christina (new)

Christina Dee Historical fiction is quickly becoming my favorite genre. Finishing these books makes you feel enthralled with the characters, but also like an accomplished reader. So much depth!


message 23: by Angie (new)

Angie Mccine wrote: "Apparently some of those that reviewed this book need to stick to either YA paranormal romance or Fifty Shades (as stated above). I, too, read a couple of reviews that said this book is "too long"...."

Thanks! I need a new book, I'll try her. I especially love Ken Follet for historical fiction. I have never been disappointed.


message 24: by Tracey (new)

Tracey Anderson I love your review. It annoys the hell out of me the way some people are crapping on this trilogy. I too love the descriptive way the story is told as well as the historical and scientific parts.


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