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Book Review: Rebellion (The Colony Book 1)

Rebellion (The Colony Book 1)Rebellion by J. Tomas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow, where do I begin? I guess I should say I don’t usually read young adult fiction. So I entered into reading this with no small bit of skepticism. I mean I wouldn’t be caught read a YA romance when I was a young adult. So this book had an uphill battle for me to like it. The Rebellion sorta reminded me of my favorite children’s book of all time, This Time of Darkness by H.M. Hoover, so I found myself comparing the two and measuring The Colony up against that as a standard. I received The Colony as a freebie from the publisher and I must admit I just wanted a free book lol. But I promised to write an honest review and so here I go.

I’m not going to rehash the plot because you can read about that in the blurb. The Colony started out slow for me. There was some world building but not too much because after the story was over I still had questions about the world the main characters lived in. The characters were a little dry for me at first too. I couldn’t find any compelling reason to care about the hero or what was happening to him. There was no dilemma or question which got the story engine going for me in the beginning so I spent the first 3/4th of the novel wondering when something was finally going to happen. However the last quarter of the book finally took off for me and I was really excited about what would happen to our erstwhile heroes and how their future would unfold.

Of course that’s when the book ended, with a cliffhanger. Now I need to read the sequel because that last quarter of the book is where the story really got cooking with tension. I’m really curious as to what happens next.

The overall tone of the story felt more like a long prologue for the real story yet to come. I must remember though that this book is geared for a younger audience and so maybe some of the finer details that I would have liked to see in the story were not included because of that factor. Since we only see the story through the eyes of the hero there is no way to know anything that he doesn’t know which leaves little room for suspense.

There were some moments when I was annoyed with the main character Aine who’s name I hardly remembered as all his focus was on his love interest Kyre. Once the hero discoverers his love for Kyre nothing else in the world matters to him. He makes some silly errors in judgement but perhaps they happen because of his youth and inexperience and not just because the author needed him to provide plot setbacks.

Overall I give this book a solid B+ and I am looking forward to seeing how the story resolves in the next installment. I’m looking forward to the two heroes growing up, experiencing real life, and being changed by the process of being alive and in love.

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The Pillars of the World – My view

The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn, #1)The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Anne Bishop seems to be the kind of writer you either love or love to hate. Her writing is inconsistent in some ways but consistent in others. For example I loved her Dark Jewels trilogy but this book is so bad I have no words to describe my hate for it. All her books have the same basic premise but this just didn’t resonate at all.

It started out ok but soon the disappointment soon set in. First I am so sick of her running theme of men being evil sadistic women haters, except for the hero of course, who in this book is a dopey dull witted bore. I was hoping he’d die but oh well…

The only interesting character in the story, at least the part that I read because this book was a ball banger that I refused to finish, was Lucian. Here was a complex man who had underdog tendencies and had a personality that could be made heroic and redeemed. But Anne Bishop chose to just toss him to the curb. If an author can’t tell who her best characters are then what hope is there?

Now I know a lot of people love these books but I guess they see something in them that I just cant fathom. Maybe some people like to wallow in all the blood and guts and torture that is simply overdone in most of her books. At first reading it’s shocking and powerful, but by the second or third dose I just don’t care anymore. When violence against women is ho-hum then the writer has failed.

Of course you never get any plot twists in these stories, the bad man never dies until the very last moment and the good girl always prevails with her perfection in tact. So what is the point of reading this again?

As soon as it was clear that Lucian was not the hero of this story I was like “peace”! And upside the wall it went.

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Trashy, Campy, Fun.

Prisoner of My DesirePrisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have a confession to make. I love this book. I’ve read it several times. I feel ashamed and dirty but… I don’t care, I loved this book when I read it. It’s one of my guilty pleasures.

Yes this book is tacky, and trashy, and utterly silly and I love it. It is the kind of escapism that you feel silly for liking but you like it just the same.

It has all the ’80s romance cliches that make people think romance readers are fruitcakes, and I don’t care. It has a female on male rape for gods sake! It’s ridiculous! The hero falls in love with his rapist and even risks everything to save her.

Why I read this book and liked it: It has a handsome knight in shining armor, it’s naughty, and campy, and has a happily ever after ending. How could ask for anything more? Just don’t take it seriously and you could maybe find some redeeming…. naw never mind, it’s trash. Enjoy.

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Angel and the Assassin –

Angel and the Assassin (Angel and the Assassin, #1)Angel and the Assassin by Fyn Alexander
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Lol, o.k. I’ve been reading some of the reviews and something struck me as odd. People seem to hate the “unbelievable” sex scenes but have no problem with the apparently “believable” murderer assassin hero? I read the newspapers and watch the news every day and I’ve NEVER seen or heard a story about someone being assassinated by a snipers bullet except for that DC sniper years ago. I’m sure there are real assassins and spies but we don’t know what they are really like because they stay under the radar.

Basically what I’m saying is that the book is silly and you have to suspend disbelief to enjoy most FICTION stories anyway. Do I believe anything in this book is a reflection of real life? Heck no! Was it a fun read? Heck Yes!

But I also rip on a lot of fiction stories for being too far fetched so I do understand the frustration, but in this case it just struck me as hypocritical. I mean sometimes we all just gotta step back and say, hey this is a fantasy.

P. S.
And if you ever see me ripping on some werewolf book for being too “unbelievable” feel free to call me out. I need to lighten up sometimes too.

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