Daughter of the Everstar

Toni is alone in life when she made a wish upon her grandmothers well. With that wish burst forth the Bright Queen and she granted Toni the opportunity to grant the wish herself. The Bright Queen transported her to a new world- ahem forgive me a new realm where magic is but a fawn memory. Toni is placed there to save Ronan, their world and its people.

I honestly don’t think I should be giving a review since I could only finish half the book and it might seem like I have only bad things to say but I have so much to say and I don’t want to hold it in any longer. Once I read the synopsis for this book I was thinking this is going to be a fun read because it had everything that I like in a book, magic, sci-fi, adventure, ménage, and most importantly romance.

It had all of these things but the author’s writing style is just so horrible and annoying! The author went on & on about the landscape and details about nothing; overly describing simple things like phrases and slang. She went into excellent details about minor things that I know didn’t pertain to the rest of the story. The author chose to skip over the getting to know you part of the romance to focus on the journey home. And there was two times where they were attacked on the journey but it was told in Toni’s point of view so there was no action only a worried sideline view.

The book is told mostly in first person from Toni point of view. Now to explain Toni, she is like two opposite personalities shoved into one character and it doesn’t fit. One personality is confident, speaks her mind, and is polite. The other personality is shy, timid, a liar, with the ability to be rude. And the way the author tries to mix these two contrasting personalities into one character is atrocious.

It mostly comes out in the way she interacts with other characters in the book. Toni asks in a polite roundabout way, which takes forever. It took Toni nearly two pages to ask for kiss. After the lackluster kiss scene I called it quits and wasn’t able to finish the book.

Toni is supposed to be nice but I viewed her as being hoity-toity, contradictory and un-relatable as a main character. She has no faults, absolutely nothing I can relate to. Definitely not a round character but a square.

The one and probably only good aspect of this book is the plot. The plot is really good and the world building is fine, it’s just that the writing style is horrible and I disliked the main character. The writing style kind of reminded me of my own style of writing, which I am trying to improve.

Even though I dislike this book and couldn’t finish it, I would like for you to read and if you can finish it and tell me if you agree or disagree with me, your likes and dislikes. If you already read this book please leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. Here is the link to learn more about the author & Daughter of the Everstar.

I did not get paid to endorse this book or author.

 

Sub-Genres That Goes Well With Romance

Well for a romance to be good it has to have a good secondary genre. As you could probably tell I like my romance splashed with a little bit of other worldly. Unfortunately sci-fi and paranormal is not always the best for a good romance.

What makes the best sub-genre for romance?

Sub-genres are important especially for romance. 300 pages of falling in love and happiness is hard to get through. Once you have your readers attention you have to keep it.

sub genre romanceThere are many types of sub-genres which are secondary genres. For example, erotica is a genre and most of the time erotica is the main genre while romance is the sub-genre, but there lines blur so it’s hard to tell in most cases. The broader genres are comedy, romance, mystery, action, horror, adventure and science fiction.

From my experience a lot of the sub-genre that are action drowns out the romance. You know, where the member of the hardcore seal team six members fall in love but he has to go fight in a war and kill the bad guy and protect his love at the same time. Falling in love in the midst of a war seems passionate and hardcore but it really focuses the reader’s attention on the enemies their fighting. And you always want your readers to imagine what your characters life would be like after the last page. It’s hard to imagine a couple that’s seen war and action having a cup of coffee with each other or have a date to the movies. Normal doesn’t go well with war torn couples that seen so much action.

Neither does horror nor creepy go that well with romance, maybe creepy goes but not really. I have read a few and they gave me unpleasant shudders. If you want me to read and review some horror or creepy romance I would honestly do it though.

In my expert opinion the sub-genres that go best with romance are adventure, angst, fantasy, friendship, family, humor, hurt/comfort, supernatural, science fiction, tragedy, western, and erotica. These sub-genres are all good in small doses as long as they don’t overshadow the romance or couple. Especially in fast-burn romances, you know the love at first sight. The couple can’t get to know each other and fall deeper in love if their angst or family drama gets in the way for too long.

The slow-burn romances where they take half a book to fall in love they are a different matter because the sub-genre for slow burn romances is romance.

I will leave you with this; a romance that has it’s couple million miles apart or not interacting with each other or not even in the picture for more than a couple of pages is not a good romance.

Or basically not having the focus on them or their relationship for long periods is not a true romance.

Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Draekon Fire: Exiled to the Prison Planet

Draekon Fire is the second book in the Dragons in exhile series and the third one is already out and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

This book is (m/f/m) ménage where it is all about the female, which I adore, because I am greedy & selfish. The authors Lili Zander and Lee Savino take the reader on an amazing sci-fi journey on a planet hostile to humans. Intertwined in the wondrous journey is way to help a powerful race of abandoned Draekon not only finding their mates but to free them from oppression.
Harper Boyd is the annoying heroine in the story. We caught a glimpse of her in the first book and she is rough around the edges but it got so much worse when she woke up from a coma and told there was no possibility to go home to Earth. And she immediately tried to reject the two hunky guys by her bedside.
Dennox and Vulrux are the two huge sexy dragons mated to Harper Boyd. Of course they have their own hang ups but they don’t allow that to prevent them from treating Harper with the respect and affection of a queen even when she is feeling catty and mean. There are good sides to Harper though, when you look past her short comings you see that she has a large capacity to love and adapt to her surroundings.
Great romance of aliens shape shifting into big scary dragons. One thing that I don’t understand is why she picked apart love-at-first-sight. Of course I know love-at-first-sight is meant for great movies and stories… And the reason why they make such great stories lines I believe is because we follow the love story as they overcome great obstacles and their love for each other grows deeper.
Other than that mark against love-at-first-sight is a wonderful read that I think sci-fi lovers & romance lovers would love Draekon Mate. If you want to check out their new and previous works and learn more about them please check out their websites Lee Savino and Lili Zander.
I was not paid to endorse this book or authors.