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Posted October 10, 2011
Tired of the same old paranormal vampire or werewolf? Try a cursed Gargoyle with a heart of gold on for size. How about a really big jewel that causes awfully weird things to happen and a witch who has more secrets than anyone suspects? All that and more awaits readers when they delve into an exciting and unique world created by Ms. Colgan.
Overall, this story is a thrill ride. One thing happens after another and I never knew which way it was going to go. The heroine gets freaky, the hero has a tail and the demon hunter gets beat up all the time. There are all manner of beasties chasing the heroine and surprises abound. And through it all, a love starts to grow and flourish amidst all the chaos and uncertainty. The flashbacks were an interesting touch because I got to see how it all started. The most amazing thing is how it showed a man whose heart was blackened by prejudice and fear and self-righteous murderous intent and followed him as he changed through the years to be a man that ultimately earned forgiveness. He was a pitiful character and towards the end, I actually did feel sorry for him. That's a testimony to the skill of the author. If Ms. Colgan hadn't done such a good job, I wouldn't have cared. So that was a solid piece of writing.
Another thing that I completely enjoyed was Melodie and her dramatic statements. "Oh,no! I'm this or that" or "Oh, no! I must be one of these!" Every time she made these dire announcements I giggled and laughed. I thought she was adorable. My absolute favorite line comes from the beginning of the book. It tickled my funny bone so completely that I had to re-read it a few times. And I snickered at every one. "Melodie McConnell knew it was going to be a bad night when the antlers fell off her moose." Right then, I was hooked. I had to read the rest of the book. And I did, all the way to the end, in one sitting. I wasn't disappointed. Ms. Colgan created a heroine that is alternately, spunky, funny, steadfast and loyal. She handled hysteria well and when the effects of the magical influence was upon her, I enjoyed how the author wrote such a distinct personality difference to denote the before and after. Through it all, however, was Melodie's growing fascination with all things Blake.
Blake is the hero and he's has a lot going for him and against him. The biggest negative is that he turns to stone when the sun comes up. Other than that, he's a regular guy. He is earnest, tender and hubba hubba on a Harley Davidson. Not to mention, he knows how to use a sword to good effect. At first, he's all business but slowly I saw him fall in love. I enjoyed watching how he grew as a character, ultimately putting Melodie before himself. There is no greater testament to love than a man being selfless for his woman. It's a very suspenseful and dramatic scene when it all plays out. I respected him and I worried for him. Blake is a tortured hero with no end to his suffering in sight. The author had so many twists and turns up her sleeve, at one point I wasn't sure it was going to be even possible to break the curse. That was another intense scene.
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Posted January 29, 2013
This book sounded a bit different from the usual of vampires and werewolves while still staying in my preferred genre, but it didn't meet my expectations.
The book had an interesting story idea, but it felt a bit rushed to me and would have been a lot better had the book been paced a bit slower to allow the story to develop and the characters to evolve.
The characters were okay, but you don't get to know the fully human Melodie at all, yet Blake still falls in love with her.
And Melodie falls in love with Blake even though she was never fully human, so her feelings for him were mostly lust fueled by the gem locked in her body causing her demonic behavior.
How two people fall in love in a few days when neither is "sober," I shall call it, is beyond me.
Also, the love scenes were severely lacking. They were very boring and had little to them. Had the author not wanted to write an elaborate love scene she would have been better off taking the classy route and describing the emotional part of the act and not the physical. Or just saying it happened and skipped over it.
I did enjoy all the demons in the story though. Fairly imaginative and interesting. The Fremlings were my favorite.
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