Weekly Reader - September 21, 2008

Now that thumb is well enough to not have a bandage on it that makes it hard to type, I can get back to my planned blogs. Did you miss me?

Two books this week. One I received in my welcome bag at Nationals and the other I've been dying to read. No hints how I liked them - either way, read on! LOL!

At last, the long awaited and most anticipated book of the Dark-Hunter world.The god of final fate and the leader of the Dark-Hunters, Acheron Parthenopaeus is used to being in charge... at least in this lifetime. He answers to no one and no one questions him.Yeah, right. Enter a woman on a forbidden quest out to answer an ancient mystery who won't take no for an answer. Not even from Acheron himself. In spite of his impugning her reputation and foiling her attempts at every step of the way, she will not be denied.But when ancient guardians and old enemies threaten them, the only hope they have is to stand together or be destroyed individually. The only problem is Acheron isn't sure he can trust anyone with his past, but as the Fates have foretold, in your past lies your future. The time for truth is at hand...In this book, witness the birth of an Atlantean god, the destruction of their pantheon and the true birth of Daimons and the Dark-Hunters.

Dear Sherrilyn:
You know I a big fan, don't you? You know you are in my top five favorite authors, right? I've been anticipating Acheron for months. In other books, he's been sexy, charming, lethal, fatherly, the go-to guy for any problems, the alpha male among alpha males. I love him and wear my Ash T-shirt frequently. So please bear with me and don't take offense. I was horribly disenchanted with this novel. Let me explain.

728 pages. What a thrilling idea. Finally to get the story of all the past mythology that has been planted in all the other books. That part was great. 428 pages of physical, mental, and sexual abuse was not. I counted the pages to finish that section - 250 pages of which could have been eliminated and still got your point across - he got abused, badly, day after day after day. His trust and hope were betrayed day after day after day. I got it by page 178. The story picked up about the time he became a God, but there really was no new stuff in the Artemis section. I will never pick up this book and read those 428 pages again. So not a good thing for a book I thought would be on my keeper shelf.

On to the 300 pages of the 'present' story. Hmmm. Hugely disappointed. To me, Tory didn't fit. She didn't seem his equal, there didn't seem to be any strength or sizzle there - because all Acheron is thinking is 'will she love me, can she love me, etc. etc. While I get the concept that love and trust from the right person can heal all things, you left Acheron a victim. I didn't see in any of the scenes where he performed the central action and took control back. Throughout the entire 300 pages, he continued to get his ass kicked, especially by Artie. Styxx rescued Tory. Acheron's mother gave her power. Tory confronted Artemis. Even Acheron's confrontation with the furies was muted. At the very least, after years and years of abuse, Acheron should have been able to get the one up on Artemis that allowed him to go free. That would have had punch. Instead Tory got the satisfaction. The Acheron I found in this book was not the kick-ass, sexy, lethal alpha male of previous books and I mourned the loss of that man. I won't read this book again. It'll sit on my shelf because I abhor having an incomplete series. But I will instead return to the Acheron that was represented in a stronger way in other books.
Sincerely, Patti Ann
Patti's Score: C-

As a Miami narcotics detective, Leah Daniels never knows how her day will turn out. But she certainly never expected to be strapped to a stone altar, the human sacrifice in an ancient Mayan ritual meant to coax up a demon from the underworld. Or that she'd be saved by a handsome warrior-priest king who claims to recognize her from his visions...

Jaguar Strike wishes he hadn't made the mistake of reuniting his fellow warrior priests, or broken the law by saving their chosen human sacrifice. Now, he has no choice but to join forces with Leah and invoke dangerous magic in a death-defying race against the end of time.

I read the first 20 pages of this four different times. The fourth time I finally powered through the slow beginning and found an interest in Strike - the Nightkeeper leader. From there, I was invested in the story and read and read. While Leah and Strike were a great H/H, I was more interested in how Jessica Anderson built the world they were working in and all the different rules the Nightkeepers followed, which ones needed to be broken to succeed, and how she paced the whole story. This one gets a solid B and is worth the time if you are interested in paranormal or great world building.

That's all for this week. The girls have put Stephanie Meyers, Twilight in my pile and are insisting I read it to see what I think. Since I regularly shove books their way, I'll be returning the favor this week and seeing what all the fuss is about.

Go read a good book. TTFN.

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