JINX had the misfortune of running afoul of one of my personal pet peeves, a negative heroine. Despite all of the color and flash of Bigtime, Bella Belluci is trapped in her own little world of resentment and anxiety. Even her delightful beta hero, Debonair, wasn’t enough to salvage my opinion. If nothing else, by book’s end I was ready to steal Debonair for myself and leave Bella to her own devices.
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*This title will be released on January 17, 2012* Title: Stolen Away Author: Alyxandra Harvey Series: N/A Cover Art: N/A Genre: Paranormal YA Excerpt: No Source: Netgalley Reviewed by: Abigail Reading level: Ages 12 and up Hardcover: 288 pages Publisher: Walker Childrens (January 17, 2012) ISBN-10: 0802721893 ISBN-13: 978-0802721891 Sexual Content: Kissing Rating: Okay – A few good points, but with significant flaws. Library/swap/borrow if you want. Description For seventeen years, Eloise Hart had no idea the world of Faery even existed. Now she has been abducted and trapped in the Rath of Lord Strahan, King of Faery. Strahan was… Read more »
Stilted dialogue, stiff delivery of background information, and a juvenile melding of history with World War II made this book a lackluster read for me. To a young YA reader, I think the adventure, mythology, and age appropriate romantic elements would be much more enjoyable, but I don’t think DARK PASSAGE has much potential as an adult crossover.
THE UNFORGIVEN opens like a mid-series book; characters have complex and painful pasts, there are rivalries and vendettas, all of which were introduced through summaries or asides or context clues. I’d applaud this book for being easy to jump into, but when I circled back to find the start of the series I found… THE UNFORGIVEN.