I fell in love with Brockmann's Best Selling Troubleshooters, and when i found this series I figured it was where she 'cut her teeth' - setting her up for the success of the Troubleshooters.
It would appear that my presumptions were correct - but that did not detract from the enjoyment of the story for me!
I find the trip, not the destination, the most appealing in my stories. Yes, I could kinda predict where the story was going - but Brockmann made the trip interesting and fun.
And is that not the objective behind urban romance - fantasy - fiction stories? To be interesting and fun? Brockmann did both in this story, and i'm hoping Audible takes on the rest in this series!!!
Phèdre steals the show - despite it all. She is an Anguisette - which in modern parlance probably means sexual masochist. I cannot say i completely 'get' the draw as described - but i did get the eloquence with which it was described. I totally got the stream-of-conscience type explorations into Phedra's thought processes as she grew up and into herself. And although her being an Aguisette was a pivotal reality - it was only a portion of the person we learned of, and that she grew in to! Phèdre was one of the most realistically crafted characters I've encountered in a long time! She was hot, she was cold, she loved as she hated, she vascillated, she fought and she won and she lost, she made decisions and doggedly stuck to them - despite! That was her gift to the reader - being real.
It was just too long for one sitting - and i found the enforced breaks in listening great opportunities to think on the way Carey gently challenged religious and moral tomes.
Carey has crafted an interesting world - with a different moral and religious structure - giving one pause to consider their own beliefs on occasion. There are many paralells that can be made between Jewish tennets and those Carey has laid out. It is all done without intent to insult, and i believe she has accomplished that! The blending of various cultures is well done! I am amused that this series, this first book written so many years ago, is only now coming to general popularity, as our society is starting to openly explore and be more accepting of "alternate" lifestyles and sexual practices.
Carey takes us on a long trip, where we meet some lovely people, and some very scarey ones, and some very very memorable ones, but they are all real! Despite the Medieval-style timeframe, the intrigues and betrayals, loyalties and conflicts, the myths and legends, and loves, it all feel very timeless. There are those little bits of detail in the descriptions of a setting or situation that Carey does so well, without the violence necessarily becoming overpowering.
Phèdre and Joscelin are. What they are evolves, changes, becomes victim and beneficiary of wants, needs, desires, schemes and betrayals, and friendships and loves and loyalties of all types, from almost every possible direction. And yet ...
I am going to continue with this series - I enjoy Phèdre's world. I want to see where she has yet to go - what she can accomplish! What she and Joscelin can accomplish.
And she reminds me in so many ways - that which yeilds is not necessarily weak!!!
Captivating. The story held my attention - if for no other reason than to figure out what was gonna happen next! It's not a master work of prose, and is based in a world few have any frame of reference to relate to - that of the opulently rich, with more money than brains. But the characters are easy themselves to relate to, and sympathize with - flawed, insecure, occasionally clumsy, with inner demons chasing them, in need of being slapped occasionally!
And despite all that, Ana and Christian manage to work it out!
I'm a sucker for tragic flawed Alpha-Males - so duh.... but I found Ana's Inner Goddess a particular joy when she appeared!
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The third of the series focuses more on dramatic ways for our tragic male, Christian, and our budding heroine, Ana, to work through their own personal demons and their made-in-fairyland but not perfect relationship into a HEA.
Ana finally finds her inner B***H, and takes a definitive stand, which rattles Christian to the core and starts his pattern of growth. The roller coaster continues as life, stacked full of unfortunate and somewhat predictable circumstances, force our beloved Christian to face his demons and grow up. Ana, too, finds herself letting go of some of her juvenile, impulsive pettyness and insecurities and blossoms.
This is a fairytale - full of teen angst and wrapped up in some steamy "vanilla" and not-so-vanilla sex. It's easy to relate to the clumsy insecure heroine and drool after the perfectly flawed Adonis - almost as easy as it is to lose track of the real story here - of 2 people who did connect and helped each other grow up. The prose is choppy occasionally, the ending felt rushed, and the reader was... well - could have used more definition and intonation in her delivery. But I did enjoy the story, and series.
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Not the best - but it's up there! There was some overuse of phrases, and the narrator could have used a bit more diversity in her interpretation of the voices. I did, however, find her presentation of Anastasia to be reasonably accurate for a young 20-something female, who clearly came into this story/world very niave - but strong. Not exactly a role model, but not the weak minded fawn she could have been portrayed as. There is a love story here - and a story of 2 people growing up - together. Average girls falls at feet and into arms of Adonis-like billionaire - not a completely realistic scenario - but i was entrances and caught up in the energy as the story progressed.
It is, at it's core, a love story. There's intrigue, and the every murcurial Christian Gray to contend with - but i'm captivated by trying to keep up with the evolution of their relationship.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching the interplay between Ana's Inner Goddess and her Sub-Conscious, and watching them develop into characters unto themselves. It reminded me of my own struggles in my youth!
Captivating as the love story and evolution of the relationship were for me, i found the frequency and seemingly needless sex a bit off-putting and excessive to what would have been needed to advance the plot. I'm a bit of a sucker for gothically tragic, self depricating men - so Christian worked well for me. The airheaded Anastasia was, well, pretty much what I would have expected. I personally wasn't put off by the Kink-Lite, nor the Alpha/Domineering Male versus semi-submissive female interplay - it's typical to a lot of what I read. But if you find that distressing, or take a personal affront to that kind of interplay in your characters, this is not the read for you.
I had thoroughly enjoyed the first book and waited rather impatiently for the second to come out (now biting my nails for the third!).
There were questions left from the first - mostly answered here - and now there are more questions abounding! I found myself trying to guess though motives and outcomes all along the way, frequently surprised by the turns and twists the story took.
What is the big secret? Will Tris be able to hold on to Four? Marcus did what?
I will be redoing the 2 books again here shortly...I've found this world completely captivating, and the artful setup for answers has me salivating for the conclusion - which just cannot come soon enough!
I hated this book! I really did for about the first third! I found myself captivated and yet unable to disengage as I relived some of the worst years of my life! Despite the horror of my 30something year old memories being brought back as if yesterday, I couldn't stop listening - totally captivated by the insight's into the mind of one of 'them' - those perfect popular girls in High School I suffered under - and wanted so badly to be. I was, as it was so aptly described at one point, one of the 'have nots', one of the victims of the harsh injustices of the teen years.
I had downloaded this book as it was by the same author as Delirium, which was good enough for me. I didn't look at any of the reviews until it was too late and my mind had already been transported backwards in time, and i was trying to get my head wrapped around why the book at been so well rated with leading characters who were so blatantly anti-role-model types. The cruelty, prejudice, judgemental behaviour, and flagrant disregard for authority the girls displayed seemed so counter to what I've become accustomed to in the female heroines in teen reads. I went to the reviews - and found that redemption was on the horizon....
And then She woke up - again on the same day, and her world and perspectives and life started changing.
I have not finished the book yet - so i'm not sure where it's all going. There've been a few surprises along the way, both good and bad, a testament I think to the Lauren Oliver's ability to craft her world, and bring the reader (listener) wholely into it! There've been smiles, and laughter, and yes, tears, and I expect there will be more before I'm done.
This was not a wasted credit as I'd first feared!
The reader does go a little fast once in a while - but then again - so does life, and yes, so do teenaged girls!
Loved this book! Unlike the first two books in the series (this is the 3rd book in the series!) - this one had me laughing out loud several times-amusing my husband and children!! I think i understook Luc better than his brothers from the start...
Charming, amusing, flat out belly laugh funny on occasion - this story is well worth your time. As the 3rd in the series - I do recommend reading them in order -
and am so hoping Audible finds it's way clear to take on the rest of the series!!!
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