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Posted February 5, 2012
I am a fan of Jamie Carey. She is a great writer, but something felt very off about this book. It had all the makings of a great plot, yet it fell flat for me. There weren't many threads woven together in this plot, or dots to connect. In fact, I could pretty much predict all major points in the story, as well as the ending. This is disappointing, because her initial plot and setting had some serious promise.
I found the "playful banter" to be too contrived and not very original or whitty. She is always calling him mildly insulting names (rogue, knave, pirate, etc), and he is always responding with how he is crushed or wounded, but also says he loves it. Also, none of the characters really surprised or excited me (though Dorian had me for a few brief moments).
From the moment Kendra and Dorian meet they are in love, but nearly every scenario is too obvious or too convenient. Convenient that the uncle feeds and hydrates her for 3 or 4 days while he tries to think of a way to kill her, only to have Dorian conveniently show up 3 or 4 days later to rescue her at the exact moment of her escape/confrentation with her uncle. Too many pat, contrite moments that are too far-fetched and unbelievable for me. There are a lot of details missing by the end. Also, you are left to wonder what happened to the couple, what they did/where they settled, and what became of several other charcters.
Over all, it was a predictable, trite, feel-good book, I suppose. This is strange for me, because I have read all her other books and have not seen such vauge, under-developed writing. This is something I would expect from a newly (barely) published author, not from Jamie Carey.
All negatives aside, the book cover is beautiful and attracts a lot of attention — as does the premise of the story. It is a decent read. I really liked some of the emotional & spiritual developments Carey took her characters through, though I would have liked to have seen a little more of a struggle or angst in the different stages of development. Without real struggles and believable confrentations, the changes of heart are not believable for me, and I immediately return to the reality that this is just a story. So I think she had some good issues that she presented, I just wish she had drawn them out a bit more. Because Dorian's sudden spiritual decline and quick change of heart did not seem authentic, nor did Kendra's emotional angst concerning whether he really loved her. It just didnt do it for me. It is not her usual level of writing.
Try it out, you might really like it. However harsh this review may seem, the reader did find some greatly entertaining portions, and remains a fan of Jamie Carey.
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