Book review of historical romance novel In Debt to the Enemy Lord by Nicole Locke.
A boy decided to make an enemy pie with the new boy in town. In order to make enemy pie, you must "pretend" to be friends. After pretending to be friends, the two boys became true friends. This book teaches students about acceptance and that bullying is not acceptable behavior. The activity I would be the opposite of an enemy pie. My students will create a friendship pie. The students will choose what qualities make a good friend and how much of that quality does the friend need. I can also integrate measurement conversions into the lesson.
Reading Level: Lexile AD550L
Enemy was a book that divided me. On the one hand I was liking it, even though the story was not that special and fits very well in the well established fantasy genre. On the other hand, the writing was, for want of a better word, quirky and it didn't always work for me. So much so, that I still am undecided on this book.
But, my interest has been sparked and I might give the second book a try as well.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
First of all, books two and three in this series are not standalone. They are one long adventure - or rather a long line of adventures leading our heroes towards the ultimate goal of saving the world, so my comments here go for both of them. Well, you do also have to read book one first, but there was a bit more of a pause after that one. Not so much after Enemy Of My Enemy.
This was mind-blowing fast-paced action - like a James Bond movie on steroids. At one point I was tempted to take a day off from work to not have to stop reading...
There were twists and turns on every other page, good guys who turned out to be bad, good guys I thought might be bad. And the stress of knowing there were bad guys around and not knowing who they were.
And when our heroes found a moment to breathe, there was romance. Beautiful and intense moments, playful and sweet moments. This wasn't just Ethan and Jack's story; we had other guys trying to find ways to be together in an unaccepting society. I do hope to get more about these guys in future books.
Starlight and firelight painted diamonds over Jack, carving brilliance over his cheekbones and curling around his smile. Flickers of flame danced up his skin, like the fires in Ethan’s heart, his soul, coming alive and caressing his lover. A river of stars stretched overhead, and the black ocean reflected their glimmer, an endless wash of sparkling perfection. The whole world seemed to revolve around this one point, this one island. Somewhere, far away, distant decisions placed the world’s fate on a deadly axis, but there, on the sand-strewn beach beneath the jewel-studded sky, Ethan saw only perfection.