TO READ OR NOT TO READ...that is the question. I'll do the reading in various genres of books mostly fiction, some popular and some you may be less familiar with. I do read some non-fiction but rarely. For those of us who are capable of getting lost in a world of make believe; stick with me and hopefully I can point you in a direction that will save you from a waste of life or entertain you into the wee hours of the morning.
Note to reader!
I try not to reveal too much of the book's major plots but some times I can't help it to give an overall idea of what I personally thought. I try not to ruin the book for anyone and sorry if I do so. Any of the books I write about have been read recently so that the review is fresh in my mind. Some books I will reread and post again later but if you have a request let me know, it will take me a while to go through my library again.
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Rating Scale: The books I post here will be set on a rating scale. The scale being from 1-5 one being most likely to read again and 5 being least likely to read again.
This book still has action of both kinds but a little to much of one than the other. There was like a 30-40 page sex scene with two guys at the same time, that may have ended in three guys. I don't remember if this particular instance ended that way but it does definitely happen. There is a little to much sex in this one, which seems absurd, but I found myself skipping whole pages to get back to the relevant story. It sounded like she didn't know what to do so she just packed in the sex thinking no one would notice. I remembered this book not being one of my favorites when I read it the first time but, some important stuff did happen. King Sholto is rightful king and not a pathetic little puppy anymore. Merry's powerful pu$$y brought forth a lot of power too. I will say I am very unhappy that because of the way the book ended we never got to go to the goblin or seelie court. I've been waiting for that to happen and it didn't!! What a cop out! Also Cel gets out ahhh!! It will be interesting to see what happens to Merry now. If you've read any of the books you know how Cel feels about Merry.
So it seems that Merry can't seem to keep her legs together, or her body parts to herself! Maybe because she is a descendent of a fertility deity or maybe its just the magic but I surely don't know how she can have so much sex and have energy left for anything else, its crazy. She also begs the men to perform a certain activity that most women would be glad that they didn't have to perform so often. When the men won't let her she gets angry with them! Its like a men's dream world. I will say that at least she doesn't have to have sex all the time sometimes just a touch will bring the power back. This book took place over maybe a 12 hour period which means that she still didn't meet at either of the other courts. I wished we could have moved on a little, at least made it to the meetings at the he goblins, the slaugh, or the seelie court but none of that came to pass. The magic started coming back to the Unseelie court so time sslloowweed way down which is why they managed to pack a days worth of events in just a few hours. Merry gains even more guards like she needed more and she kept them all busy. There was some serious torture happening in this one that was described. Like in earlier books she just sent the traitors to Ezekiel or Merry left the room but not in this book. You get to hear all about the horrible things the Queen likes to do. There is also some very impressive political tap dancing, but not so mush that it gets annoying. There is more death in this book, you know for an immortal race they seem to die more than they should. We almost lose a major character, but that didn't happen. I get why they didn't let him die but it would be a good twist and give Merry and the guards motivation to find out and prove who is behind all the attempts. It might put a little ice in her veins, she really is kind of a wimp she might not be a great ruler when all of her followers are conniving and evil and she is so passive. She will die before she sits on the throne. Get Evil Merry!!
Holy sex and violence Batman! I remember this being one of my favorites because it was action packed, but I forgot all the sex involved here! The characters get a major power boost every time they turn around now but, not all the power share is sex related like it was in the first book. That does not mean there is any lack of it that's for sure. The whole book took place in a 2 day period so that tells you how involved the plot is in this book. Assination attempts galore, a particularly large amount of blood and guts, and a duel this time around. The queen shows her real colors and we see several new suitors. Merry is going to be one tired little fairie. I really wanted to see what happened at the Seelie court pow-wow but, alas that answer does not come in this book. The king is seriously crazy though. I suggest this book to non-squeamish adults. That's pretty much this whole series it seems though.
Oh Merry, you lost a steam in your second book. I may have forgotten to mention in the first summary that this is a book of vivid colors. Anything with pretty colors catches my attention, add a very descriptive author and adult content and BAM I'm there. Unfortunately, this book while introducing more colorful characters is very political which is not my favorite subject. The princess entertains numerous visitors from all fairie courts playing politics. When she isn't entertaining she is setting up her next political chess move, necessary but boooring. Less fighting and detective work. There is still hot and juicy with less of the violence, with the exception of the goblin scene I guess. We do see the after affects of the Queens interrogation with no details This is the build up book for the rest of the series, and the build up book as I have said many times before is less than impressive. Good news, new powers emerge which will make the next story more interesting. The most disturbing of the book is old dying man sex...creepy. If was not descriptive thank god but still unsettling.
So this is a re-read. I can't seem to get in to any new books so I figured I would try reading some of my old favorites. I went with this particular favorite because the next book in the series is coming out in June, and I didn't want to be lost when I read the next one. This author is known more for her Anita Blake series rather than her Merry Gentry, which means that a new books for Merry don't happen as often (last one was 2 years ago). The synopsis link is for the authors website which is in major need of a better web designer but it gets the information across. ( P.S. I know everything on this blog is stock with no web design in sight put i'm not a professional either!) Anyway, on with the relevant, there is a reason I liked these books! 50 shades can suck it. The difference with this is that not all the people in this story are human, its a book of magic and fairies but not Disney style more like rough and ready style. The book is quite graphic with lots of blood and boning(very technical term). I would say this is not for the squeamish or traditionalists and definitely not one to discuss with the family over dinner. This is for the imagination that is not deterred by violence in the sack or characters that have tentacles, extra appendages, or horns. Some of the men were gods and that are the colors of the rainbow. I will say the authors imagination in creating these characters is quite impressive. The author can get a little distracted though, I found myself saying "get to the point" on occasion. For instance, she went on a 3 page tangent about a guy removing 1 stocking! 1! It did build up the sexual tension, she was very good at sexual tension, I just don't think its the best time right before a climax in the story, not to be confused with the characters actual climax. After finishing the book I did wonder if the authors sex life might be a little twisted to come up with some of these scenarios. Alas, to each his own and none of my business but hmmmm... From what I remember the series gets more risque as the books progress so if the sex/violence in this was to much for you then stop here this is not the series for you. This is not a book that one "relates" to, it is way out there for entertainment value kinda thing. I am starting the next book almost immediately so stay tuned.