Power Games, Victoria Fox.
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.
I was looking forwards to this as I’d loved Victoria’s Glittering Fortunes, but sadly this book didn’t cut it for me….
I think that although the premise interested me, there were just too many characters involved. By the time I’d got to understand one it was time to meet the next one, and I just didn’t feel I knew any of them well enough to like them or care about what happened to them. Some were shallow, some greedy, some simply in professions that make their jobs from digging dirt. The man behind it all – I wanted to sympathise with him but just couldn’t…
Once they were on the island it reminded me too much of that school staple Lord of the Flies in how they changed character, and divided into groups and argued. I think that my main problem was not knowing the characters well enough to worry about them. I have to feel people are real and here we’ve the seven Celebrities, their families and friends, their publicity staff and managers, the man behind everything, the people around him…it was just too many without one or two focus characters, and the emotion got spread too thinly for me. Plus of course their faults – even though some redeemed towards the end – were such that I just didn’t like them 😦
Some you win, some you don’t and I’m just glad this wasn’t my first Victoria Fox book as I’d never have read the great fun read Glittering Fortunes..
Stars: Two – sorry, just didn’t work for me.
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A Vampire’s Soul, Carla Susan Smith.
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
Well, loved book one but that finish, arrghhh I hate being left like that, dammed cliff-hangers… and I just couldn’t imagine how Carla was going to make it right. What excuse could Gabriel have for his behaviour? But of course, like all terrific authors she pulls the answers out and makes the unbelievable seem believable….clever stuff.
Again a cracking romance, with danger, sensual and sexy interludes and a host of great characters. I love vampire romance and this was something that bit different. Rowan is Gabriel’s Promise, but she doesn’t know what that is and it seems no one can/will tell her. Gradually though her memory returns in fits and starts, and she begins to piece together just what it means. Its a beautiful premise, and a real Love story where people in love are willing to do and forgo so much for Love. I’m a sap I know…I just love stuff like that. Of course there’s the deranged and sadisticly jealous Katja to deal with, and Rowan needs to watch out as she’s a vampire with a mission..to make Gabriel hers whatever he thinks about it.
A great read, full of emotion and drama – just the sort I love. There’s the humans and vampires we’ve already met, with some new supernatural characters in this book too. They aren’t always what they seem, and what they speak isn’t necessarily the truth. Rowan needs to be very careful what she agrees to, and how she does it. Together with the first book it’ll join my keepers file for re reading. It’s a decent length too at 288 pages, that allows for some in depth insights and revelations!
Stars: Five, great read.
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