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3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.
One of the best Adult paranormal romance/mysteries out there!
posted by Mai_Tai121 on May 31, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Not Good Enough For This Series
The humor disappears by mid-book. Further, the majority of the comedic content, provided at book's start and finish, is raunchy sexual...
The humor disappears by mid-book. Further, the majority of the comedic content, provided at book's start and finish, is raunchy sexual commentary provided by Jane's lip flapping libido. Jane is still adorable at times, but her libido's sexual commentary is overused and quickly becomes tiresome. More importantly, the series' signature witty satire and laugh-out-loud slapstick is MIA in this installment.
With the exception of the surprising opening twist, the adventure is condensed, predictable and largely unoriginal. Ever hear of a contest/quest to obtain an ancient power from a mysterious and hidden source? Well, that's the core of this book. And, the opposing force is the usual cast of villains using the same old fighting techniques. Some interesting back history is provided, but the majority is dumped upon the reader in a somewhat stilted conversation/lecture which occurs near the end of the book. Jane's quest does culminate in an exciting seaborne challenge and heart-thumping confrontation. Unfortunately, those two sequences are about the only truly exciting events in this book.
Perhaps the most disappointing part of this book is the way the main characters are diminished. Jane is often reduced to the female equivalent of a walking hard _n. Her libido dominates her every other thought and dictates some of her actions. After waking up from a debilitating coma and mourning the death of her mother with her father, she's ready for action with Anyan. There is an intervening swim sequence, but her mother's death and her father's grief should have had some sort of dampening affect. And, when Anyan isn't available, she becomes sexually attracted to another woman. Note, Jane takes initiative and expands her powers in this book, but what she gains in power she loses in emotional depth.
Anyan also loses his heroic stature. He becomes just another over-sexed supernatural and makes an unbelievably stupid mistake. Then, he really regresses. (If you're a big Anyan fan, you are not going to like what happens to him in this book.) Even the supporting character of Nell, the all-powerful resident gnome in Rockabill, loses wisdom and acts in a foolhardy fashion.
A notable and quirky new character is added to the series. She's the tattooed Original from Tempest's Legacy who has the full compliment of magical abilities rumored to have once been shared by all supernaturals. Plus, the peripheral characters of Iris, the succubus, and Caleb, the satyr, become more interesting due to relationship developments. Further, the kelpie Trill is an amusing delight in this book. But, these positives do not compensate for the flattening of Jane's and Anyan's characters.
In addition, the romantic sub-plot is a futile exercise in shallow sexual attraction and interrupted, (sometimes graphic), sexual scenes. Even those who like shallow and/or raunchy sex will inevitably be disappointed by the way things work out in this book. For those like me who were looking for a deep emotional connection between Jane and Anyan, all I can say is abandon all hope.
The book operates as a segue moving the story arc from a localized conflict to a broader war against supernatural forces who wish to destroy all half-breeds and suborn humans. IMO, there are easier/more entertaining ways to accomplish that purpose.
posted by dalnewt on August 16, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 22, 2011
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Posted June 26, 2012
The book covers, the juvenile character Jane, all screams "
The book covers, the juvenile character Jane, all screams "young adult paranormal fiction" category...but then the author throws in all these explicit scenes with Ryu, like she didn't want to miss out on being able to write saucy material....it comes up flat and amateurish. If you are a kresley cole, janine frost, karen marie moning fan, this series will have you rolling your eyes, big time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2011
This series started out good....
But i am just over it now. The plot gets so far out there that it becomes boring. Janes libido played too big of a role and dragging out the Anyan sex scene is getting old. Anyan is the best part of the book but dragging out one sex scene for 4 books, probably 5, is just too much. Its boring now...
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