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Ordeal Paperback – 7 Feb 2010
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Ordeal is a wonderful, exciting and romantic paranormal story, yes told in verse in more than 200 pages! And because of that, it is even more amazing as a feat! Despite the narrative being in rhymes, the writing flows easily and effortlessly, it is humourous at times while romantic at others. Tatyana Varenko has created a quite unique and entertaining masterpiece.
Verdict: No matter if you enjoy or not poems, I would recommend you to give Ordeal a chance and read it, because it is a uniquely told, entertaining paranormal story, and I'm sure once you get the rythm of the narration the pages will just flew by (believe me, tht's what happened to me).
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Guilty--I downloaded this when it was offered for free just after Christmas. I was new to the Kindle world, so didn't read much about it or check its reviews. I believed it was simply a Vampire story, that the verse in the description was only there to catch a potential reader's attention.
I do not read poetry as a rule, and usually I'm not wild about it when I do read it. I won't go into the plot, (as others have done so). The idea for the plot was not all that unique. What was unique is that it was written completely in verse, and that amazingly, it worked.
The 200 + pages written in this style may seem daunting, but once you get into the rhythm of the stanzas, it tends to proceed smoothly and quickly. Yes, it stumbled here and there, and sometimes descriptions or feelings seemed lacking; but overall, I thought that the author did a fine job within the limitations that this style imposed.
If you're in the mood for something really different, give it a chance.
I read the whole book in one hour.
Ordeal was a love story about a couple whose fates were intertwined over a lifetime.
They both had to over come the pass, forces and that conspired against them from finding their way back.
If you believe in true love this is the book for you. Oh, did tell you that it had vampires and witches too.
- Alice/Luella started out thinking she was just an average out of place, awkward kid only to find out that she was really very different from everyone around her. She was allowed to see her true past life as a Royal from the Vampire realm and she was being punished to live a life as a human for a crime against the royal family, her own family. *Not sure why, but I did have a difficult time (for the most part) finding a connection with her even though in the end I very much enjoyed her humanity showing through.
- Derek saw her from a distance, at first as human prey, then something inside of him stopped him from his vampire instincts of draining her. Finding out that at one time she was his one true love and that he had started out as the human while she was the vampire. Suppressed memories couldn't stop him from knowing what he wanted. *Truly enjoyed this character and all his facets, would have liked more of his side of the story.
The Story line:
- Take two loves who are willing to do anything for each other and prove it over and over again by placing a curse on them to repeat it all till something is done differently. Great story concept and following the path as it was laid out was suspenseful and fresh.
- While I am not well acquainted with poetry, this one was easy to read, understand and follow. There were a few stanza's that felt awkward or like they were stretching the rhyming limits, but over all this basic four line verse did well to tell the story of Alice/Luella and Derek. My only complaint is that (in my opinion) following the metric form limited the story too much. At times it seemed to concentrate more on the rhyme of the verse than the content. This story could be more, the characters could be deeper, the story could be more intense. This balance between form and content will work for some and has shown me a new format that I might be willing to look for in the future.
It took me a few pages to get into the groove...You know to find the rhythm and lyrical meaning of the words . But once I did, the story flowed off the pages or in my case off the screen. There were a few moments, where the stanzas caused my mind to skip, backtrack, and re-read. On those occasions, the words didn't fit as nicely as the rest of the poem. They felt forced...more for rhyme than meaning....or the stanzas were stretched too much that they broke the rhythm. But, other than that...it made sense to me. I am in no way an expert on poetic formats and hidden depths. So, if I could understand it, then anyone pretty much could.
Ordeal was a love story of a couple whose fates were intertwined and stretched over several life times. One had to find redemption. One had to prove their love was true. Both had to overcome the forces that conspired against them and find their way back to each other for everlasting love.
I thought the author did a great job with the depth and detail of her characters. The fact that the author told thier backstory inside a story to help explain the past lives of Derek and Alice/Luella was cleverly done. I also appreciate that it couldn't have been easy to write with such substance in verse.
Overall, Ordeal was not only compelling and thought provoking, it was lyrical and fun. I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did. I loved the premise of the story and the intriguing twist written within the plot. I also appreciate how T.K. Varenko stepped outside the norm of paranormal romance and wrote something original in a fresh and unconventional way.