Saturday, December 13, 2014

Trilogies - I hate 'em - Part 2

My last post was a rant on the whole "trilogy" and overall "series" mentality of modern authors.  Now, I'm going to start reviewing the recent ebooks I've been reading, almost exclusively from the perspective of whether I view them as stand-alone adventures or not.  So, read below if you care.

The first books of two "In Her Name" trilogies by Michael R. Hicks were good engaging stories, but not complete.  They interested me enough that if I could find the rest of the trilogies at a library, I would read them.  I even tried the interlibrary loan deal at our local library.  But there's no way I'm going to buy the books, because they aren't stand-alone.

I also downloaded "Paranormal 13 (13 free ebooks featuring witches, vampires, werewolves, mermaids, psychics, Loki, time travel, and more!)".  Here's my review of what I've read of it so far.  It's not generally good.

The first 3 books were all female lead characters acting in some sort of romance fashion.  I don't have a problem with female lead characters, but I don't read romance novels.  If you do, have fun.  But the first one, "Darkangle (Witches of Cleopatra Hill Book 1)", spent the entire book talking about this chick's future "consort" and making more than enough snide remarks about avoiding one particular evil family that you knew from the beginning that's where the consort was coming from.  So to put it in context, the entire book is the small portion of the cinderella story where the prince is trying shoes on the various women.  Then he finds out he is prejudiced against the one that it fits, and it's "by the next book please.".

The second book, "Twin Souls (Nevermore Book 1)" is all about a girl falling in love with a sexy vampire guy, overcoming one tiny obstacle while enlightening us not one whit over major obstacles in the story, and then asking us to buy the next book.

The third book, "The Girl (Guardians Book 1)" is an interesting twist on the heaven/hell, angel/demon, creation myth stories.  But it is still just a story of improper love between an angel and mortal, the obstacles they take a small step toward overcoming, and buy the next book.

More reviews on the way in the next post (but at least you won't have to pay for it).

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