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Posted September 22, 2011
Worth the read - despite personal issues
So I am at somewhat of an impasse with this book. There was a lot that I enjoyed, but a few things that I struggled with as well. First, I really liked the idea of the story. I haven't come across any romance/paranormal involving fallen archangels and demons as their elite protective body guards (Guardians). I was also hooked by the cover. When I am unfamiliar with an author, the cover plays a huge role in my decision to both purchase and buy. The cover wooed me immediately.
The story itself is captivating and unpredictable. I was not able to predict what would happen next for most of the book. My attention was held until very near the end, when the story seemed to lose a bit of its hold on me.
There are two major problems that I have that left a bad taste in my mouth. The first is that the characters were in-love faster than instantly. There was no attraction, no conflict over whether or not each was really in-love; it was just kind of BAM, right there. Now I am all for the instant attraction that inevitably turns to love, but this was so quick it bordered crazy. Wren's use of "Gin-love" for Ginger and both of them referring to each other as "mates", kind of put a damper on things for me. Not to mention the eternal bond created when mating. I would think any woman with common sense would step back a second and really evaluate such a monumental decision with everlasting effects. The other problem that kind of irked me was that the story fell flat toward the end. By that time it was predictable in the sense that you knew what choices would be made and what the outcome would be. I just had a problem with everything being wrapped up so quick and pretty in contrast to all of the drama that took place in the rest of the story.
Personal negatives stated, these complaints are really quite trivial compared to some books I have read. Nor are they big enough to keep me from giving Gilman another shot. I liked that the epilogue gave a quick glimpse into how Wren and Ginger were doing while simultaneously setting up Jett's story for the next book in the series. Jett very obviously has a helluva past and a ton of issues to sort through. The book has a solid set-up, I just hope that it lives up to its potential. Gilman clearly has a terrific idea in the Return to Sanctuary series. She did her job I pulling me in with both description and cover. I choose to look favorable toward the future in assuming she will keep me interested in Jett's story and the multitude of unanswered questions about his life that the book will undoubtedly address. Overall, this book was entertaining. Despite my issues with the book, I feel that my time was well spent.
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Posted August 2, 2011
This book hit the ground running
The book starts off running. On page one, Ginger is in a coffee shop when a poacher comes in and starts talking about a new angel that he is about to take down. Ginger, being raised in the paranormal world by her adopted father who just happens to be a demon, cannot just sit by when she knows that an angel is in danger. So she rushes out to warn the archangel that there are poachers after him.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story was jam packed with action from start to finish. There wasn't a chapter where the characters just sat around drinking a cup of tea and discussing politics. This book had more twist and turns than a ride at Disney World but it worked in this story. Ginger and Wren are on the run and their attacker seems to always know where they are and how to find them. Typically, I can call what is going to happen at the beginning if not middle of the story but the whole villain really did surprise me.
Aside from the action that takes place there is also romance. The connection between Ginger and Wren is pretty much instantaneous. What starts out as trust, quickly turns into lust and then love. Yes, their relationship blossomed really fast but they also went through a lot together. I thought that their relationship was sweet considering that he never thought he would find someone to love him due to his ability to kill with just a touch. However, Ginger isn't even phased by this and instead asks is she can stay with him.
Mixing the romance with the action kept the pages turning at a fast rate
Posted July 31, 2011
Being raised by a demon has given Ginger a view on life that differs from most. So when she overhears a conversation threatening the life of an archangel Ginger goes into protective mode and so begins the unlikely adventure and love story between Ginger and Wren.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Sarah Gilman's paranormal romance Out In Blue is a story filled with a perfect balance of mystery, adventure and steamy romance. I really enjoyed the characters and I look forward to reading more.