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review 2017-04-26 13:56
Considering giving up
Born of Vengeance: The League: Nemesis Rising - Sherrilyn Kenyon

Romance readers will dislike that the first half of this book (which is relatively short considering its predecessor was 800+ pages of pissing and moaning) is a glorified prologue. They'll also dislike that there's a secret baby, that within a few hours of being reunited (after *8* years apart), the H/h are getting it on in an x-wing (or whatever the fighter du jour is in this particular universe.


I wanted to like this book. Really, I did, because it was refreshing to be inside the heads of people who weren't constantly thinking of how rotten their pasts were, etc. But...it was very choppy, iike without all the navel gazing, she couldn't come up with anything to write. Or she didn't consider things important enough to actually finish the scene. Really, how else do you explain why our H/h and friends are shot down in enemy territory, and the next paragraph, they're storming the castle? No idea where the couple they'd rescued before being shot down were, no idea how they got out of that predicament. Apparently it was unimportant. I don't know about the rest of the readership, but I'd like to know. Really, if you have the balls to write an 800 page book of navel-gazing punctuated with the occasional sex or fight scene, why would you worry about making a 400ish page book too long by actually finishing a scene?


And there were other scenes where I reread them to see if I missed something because some important exchange had apparently occurred off-page, but we were only informed of it offhand.


The characters...well, they were fine, though I did question his intelligence at going out with her sister seeing as how he knew what she was like. And I questioned the h's intelligence at not talking to him. Beyond that, eh.

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review 2017-04-25 20:22
Moooom! She's doing it again!
Born of Legend: The League Nemesis Rising - Sherrilyn Kenyon

I wish authors would end the redeem-a-douche program, particularly the ones who seem to only be able to do so at the expense of other characters' characters.


At least Nykyrian escaped being painted as a loser, unlike poor Acheron who got hung out to dry for his twin.


So Jullien "I'm not bad; just abused and misunderstood" eton Anatole made sure the h's kid didn't get sold to slavers, thus gaining her attention...and everyone in her family who realized who he was (and also his reputation, the bounty on his head, etc...). Of course, her family objected - why wouldn't they really? And... ok, they took a while to warm up to him, and did a nasty thing to him. Got it. They had a good reason.


What bugs me is that his parents got hung out to dry. Obviously there had to be an explanation as to why he was left in grandmother dearest's hands. I just felt that it was carried to a ridiculous extreme. His mom was drugged out of her mind right up until Nyk appeared on the scene, and at least some of that was intentionally done on others' parts so...? Dad...the reasoning made no sense. Really, if the kid is begging you to visit, why would you turn him down? Ever?


And then there's the inability to actually be the strong silent type everyone says he is. Seems to me that he never missed an opportunity to tell people how bad he had it, so how did nobody ever figure that out?


Somewhere there's actually a decent story in here. Too bad it's suffocated by the "woe is me" stuff. Really here, he's being dragged to his execution, he's destroyed the one method they had to track him (but what about that tracker his cousin implanted in him), it's only a miracle they found out at all where and what, and his last thoughts were that he'd hoped that his wife and others actually gave a damn but apparently not. SERIOUSLY?! He's been married 5 years at this point, and he still doubts her?


I'm looking at the next book - found it at the library so didn't have to actually spend money on it - with some trepidation. Supposedly the MCs both had good childhoods but knowing this author, she can't possibly come up with a decent story anymore without delving into stuff that makes me want to roll my eyes.

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review 2017-02-16 00:32
A Dark Hunter short story
A Hard Day's Night Searcher - Sherrilyn Kenyon

This was kind of blah. I have read other short stories from kenyon th8at were good. This one had no action, no bonding before the I love you. Felt like fanfiction, and not good fanfiction. The last few things I have read by her have been not great, some down right terrible. I know she has a League series also. I may give that a shot because this is not what it used to be. 

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review 2017-02-06 22:56
Space pirates!
Born of Shadows - Sherrilyn Kenyon

I read this for the Pirates square (space pirates!) and my Series read selection.

I felt the couple went back and forth snarking at each other for too long and not sure I bought into their romance. The futuristic space jargon was a bit goofy to follow sometimes but it also adds to this world.
The betrayal, villain storyline was so rushed and a bit convoluted at the end and I found myself not really caring.
This is at times a lighthearted, goofy, dark, emotional, simple, and complex book series. I can't pinpoint why I keep going back to it but I will.
I find myself really wanting to read the heroine's brother's, Chayden, story.


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review 2017-01-26 08:14
DNF at 50% - just couldn't take this f*ckery anymore.
Born of Night - Sherrilyn Kenyon



Because there was no female character. There was a hasty sketch of a beautiful ballerina who survived traumatic events. But she was no character. She had no personality, no qualities, no discernible voice. She was a plot device. She changed with whatever was needed for the story (lust-angst-romance-healing-passion-argument-drama-love - you get the picture; her behaviour was erratic and only served the current scene).

Ultimately: The cure for the male hero's ailments, his souldeep pain, his lifelong suffering.

I didn't wait for the big finale of love heals all.


This was so bad, that I wanted to burn it.


This line started with Acheron and doesn't end for this author it seems. She can't help herself, she just heeps one awful soul-breaking, mind-destroying trauma on the poor hero after the other. NO ONE ever loved him. He was abused, tortured and nearly killed since birth.


For UF/Sci-Fi/Fantasy one makes allowances. But if characters have no discernible tether to any kind of truth or human experience, while at the same time living out a very human American romance story, it just ready like a piece of shit.


What I can see: the author does love her male protag. He is unearthly beautiful (without knowing it of course - he would be conceited otherwise, and perfect people are not vain), he gets a voice, he is as strong and successful as they come. He survived against all odds, he is the vulnerable child and the super assassin, he has emotions, he has decency against all odds again. You get the picture.


So I am out of here, and will probably never read another book by this author.

Or maybe I will after I cooled down :)


It is a pity, because she can write.


But I want to read books with some kind of female protag I can at least feel any compassion or empathy for.

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