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review 2016-10-14 00:00
Death Mask
Death Mask - Lexi Ander Death Mask - Lexi Ander Book – Death Mask
Author – Lexi Ander
Star rating - ★★☆☆☆

POV – 1st character, one character POV
Would I read it again – No.

Genre – LGBT, MC, Magick, Warlocks, Shifters, Were


** COPY RECEIVED THROUGH NETGALLEY **


This one didn't work for me. First off, it was a 1st person narrative told in 3rd person style, so everything was explained in a way that is only really suitable for a 3rd person POV. We found out more through a 1st person POV than should really be possible.

There was a whole lot of explanation and detail that was neither necessary or relevant, and often it was repeated far too many times for things that we didn't need to be reminded about so often. There was also a lot of strange wording and a really strong attempt to be as provocative as possible, right from the start, using just about every swear word they could think of within the first chapter alone. It all felt very forced and unnatural. There was also a whole lot of stereotypical descriptions – e.g. Griffin's skin, the name Grim Misery, Grim's Irish accent, Red Hoods and dressing up like a superhero.

There are numerous explanations of MC life and slang that were mostly obvious, but wasted nearly 40% of the story not explaining what “the grace” meant. There was also a very strong attempt to keep things hidden, to hint at things while never actually explaining anything or giving answers.

The story was there. It had fantastic potential and there were a few moments that were great. But the overall process of storytelling meant that the emotional impact was lost and the chemistry was much more lacking than it could have been.
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review 2015-10-20 05:38
Dark Soul by Lexi Ander
Darksoul - Lexi Ander

This book was a struggle.
A few episodes were entertaining in some twisted way, but on the whole it was repetitious and dragging like crazy. Not for me. One star.

 

I need a drink.

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text 2015-10-20 05:14
Reading progress update: I've read 72%.
Darksoul - Lexi Ander

THIS. BOOK. I am telling you!

 

Gabe is a Hobbit, he's riding an honest to God Ent! Kid. you. not!

 

The Effing-ones must be orcs.

Sunder - a Wookie? - with a light saber.

Wait, where is Dumbledore? @.@

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2015-10-20 04:19
Reading progress update: I've read 70%. Darksoul by Lexi Ander
Darksoul - Lexi Ander

To be fair, the story became so entertaining around 70%, I could not put the book down.




The suspense alone!



I never wanted this story to end!


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POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW
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Characters:

Sunder - an elf/cat-like alien, a drow, a Commander and Head of Royal Security. As of lately - Dah Heir and Dah Prince, with a bulls eye on his forehead for target shooting. His Mother, The Effing-one, wants him dead... like 30 years ago dead.

Gabe - his human boyfriend, a nurse at a local hospital and a tree hugger.

Ents - nee Trees, local earth vegetation
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Sunder: Let's go for a stroll in a park. I want to show you Nature.

Gabe: Uh... Maybe not?

Sunder (famous last words): I promise, you'll be safe.



Gabe: Uh... OK

Sunder and Gabe (frolicking in the local park): Trees, they whisper to us!

Trees: Blah-blah-blah-blah-blah...

Sunder: Oh, a patch of Black Pollution in the dirt! I am going to suck it in and save the Trees!

Sunder *sucks*



Gabe: Oh, no! It's poisoning your soul! You're turning to the Dark Side!



Gabe: Uh... I am going to suck it off! ..out! Whatever.

Gabe *sucks and then pukes it out neatly into a plastic bag*



Trees: Oh, we forgot to tell you. Watch out for Black Pollution. It's poison! Effing-ones did it!

Effing-ones *jumping like fleas all over the place*: Di-i-i-e-e-e!



Sunder *fights back*: DIE, EFFIN-ONES, DIE!!!



Trees: CATFIGHT! CATFIGHT!!! Save the Hobbit!

Local authorities *sashaying nowhere close to the hot spot*: La-la-la-la!!



Meantime, in Australia Gabe, *snatched by Ents*: Uh, cool... birds-eye view!



Ents: DIE, ORCS EFFIN-ONES, DIE!!!*



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*There is actually an episode, where "Ents march to war", complete with a local Hobbit, aka Gabe, riding the branches. Talking about LOTR back flashes!

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text 2015-10-19 19:30
Reading progress update: I've read 52%. Darksoul by Lexi Ander
Darksoul - Lexi Ander

Still reading, can you believe it? I can't :/
Chapter 6
"The hotel was a buzz of activity... After what had happened at the estate he shouldn't have gone out on his own."
ugh, DUH?

That's the heir to the throne and a Royal Commander and the head of Security talking. What had happened was the hostile species tried to scratch his royal face off at his residence. Where did he train, Enterprise?

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