The Monster Within: Elemental Love. A Fantasy Romance Novel. Cerys du Lys

The Monster Within: Elemental Love (A Fantasy Romance Novel)

The Monster Within: Elemental Love. A Fantasy Romance Novel. Cerys du Lys

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

So, I try to choose carefully which books I want to read, but sometimes I get it wrong – and this time it was wrong in a big way 😦 I thought this was going to be a fantasy romance based around old fairy tales, that’s the way I deciphered the sample…I was wrong though. Its is loosely a romance and fantasy tale, but it just didn’t resonate at all with me. So – what didn’t I like ?

Well, Solace; she’s so sweet and kind its sickly, despised by everyone, ridiculed and bullied and abandoned, and yet she never the less always sees the bright side. She’s like Pollyanna on crack – “ you want a hand? Here take mine, I’ve got two after all” or “ hungry as you’ve missed breakfast? Ahh that’s sad, here – have my last crust, I was saving it til I’m really starving, but I can do another day or so without eating. I can always gnaw my fingers down to the knuckle…” well, perhaps not quite that bad but 🙂 So you see she was so good, so kind, so saintly and I Just Didn’t Like Her. Then she takes the journey to meet the Demon King, sacrificed by the village. The journey was a bit like a snippet of Alice in Wonderland’s entry into the mad world she encounters – and Solace enters a similar world.

The Demon King, Bastion – terrifying? Well, I’m not sure why, as he just seemed like a naught schoolboy rather than a demon king. His sister too was just odd. Throw in some fantasy sex with wisps…that seemed to be there purely for the purpose of titillation, and that’s something I really hate (and it didn’t work). There was more of that later too, to the same effect. The silver coin pendant Solace wears was referred to constantly in the early chapters, but I never did find out its significance – I’d expected it to be some major plot link but…still, I read only the first 40% of the book thoroughly, before getting so borted I skim read to the end, and so could have missed it. However I don’t think I did, because the author says in her end comments that it was meant to be significant, but the story changed as she wrote it – I know that happens of course, but I’d expect in that case the coin part to be edited to be reflective of that.

I guess this was just a story that didn’t work for me, at all. It felt as if it was a stream of consciousness line of writing – one where author just sits and writes as she thinks, without really having a plot direction in mind. That doesn’t make for a good novel for me though – I need proper plots that add up, characters that have meaning, and that I like or hate, a story that’s going somewhere, that has emotion. If there’s sex I need it to fit the plot too, and not just be thrown in for the sake of it. Even at the end of this novel its clear that there’s more to come, and yet I felt so confused by what I had read I don’t know what more can happen. There didn’t seem to be an overall direction that a further book would add to? Still, my opinion only as always, and this is a book that didn’t work for me but maybe its will for you. I hate writing low reviews, but in honesty I have to say how I felt.

Stars: one a half. I can’t say I absolutely hated it, but I did feel stronger than just “didn’t like” about it.

ARC supplied by Netgalley

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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