Although romance isn't the genre I usually read, I still enjoyed this one. It is very, "vanilla" by most romance standards, but still has an interesting twist and likeable, if not terribly developed characters. The author also managed to tie up most of the lose ends and answer most of the questions posed in the story by book's end (something I especially like author's to do.)
The book wasn't "Outlander" caliber, but then it didn't take days to read (or years waiting for the next part of the story either). I'd call it a "doughnut" book- a sweet treat, enjoyable every once in awhile.
I enjoyed the twisted plot; thought the narration was good, and liked how the story keeps your interest to the end...but thought the ending was a little weak. Still a good read, though.
I have listened to and enjoyed the JD Robb "In Death" series for years, but not too many by the Nora Roberts pen name. However, after this book, I find I like this persona as well, and will add Nora Roberts to my list of favorite authors.
The book is well written; has an interesting storyling and characters you can like and empathize with. I recommend this one.
Okay, I bought this trilogy in spite of the reviews because I like to know what people are talking about, even when it turns out to be stupid. I was very surprised, though,that not one of the reviews mentioned that this series was an attempted remake of the Twilight Saga some X rated parts thrown in for spice). It had nearly the same cast (pale faced, darkhaired, clumsy, virgin girl meets gorgeous, rich, copper haired, "cold", mysterious man with " no soul", who likes to go fast and (surprise) plays the piano; scatterbrained, but lovable mom who has bad luck with men; folksy dad; ethnic "friend" who wants to be more--And it even took place in Washington state! Some of the dialog was even the same! But, hey I guess everyone's entitled to copy (I mean capitalize) on someone else's idea. (Especially when that idea made mega bucks)-- look how many verisions there are of the same movie--but an original plot, story line, characters, etc would have been nice.
I thought the emails were funny and some parts of the book were quite informative. I liked the "Inner Goddess" (it reminded me of that commercial where the person is walking along very normally and their shadow is doing the happy dance). As far as the narator goes, the heroine WAS really immature, so I thought her voice fit (except that everyone else sounded like Thurston Howell III from Gilligans Island.) I probably still would have read this series, but I wish I'd gotten them free from the library instead of adding to the "author's" bank balance.
Bye the way, I DID like the Twilight Series, but I didn't expect it to be any more than it was. That may be why this series was so disapointing, I expected more.
I loved the first three books, thought the 4th was a little lame, but was really looking forward to the 5th book and got it the day it was released; read it the rest of the week...and kept expecting to find out what happened to all of my favorite folks. GRRM did let us know about a few of the main folks, but several just seemed to disappear. I also hated the voices of the women, but enough people have commented on that. My biggest complaint was with the story itself. It really wandered, and there were so many new folks and their stories introduced. What happened to Sensa? How did Biaene escape being hanged?What the hell is Aria doing---being trained as an assasin??? Too many unanswered questions. Too many new intrigues without finishing up with the old ones. And now Bran and Jon are skin changers?
All in all it was disapointing.
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