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Imaginative touches and locations but irritating female protagonist
4 November 2016
Despite my sometimes loathing for the attention-seeking wimp of a heroine I enjoyed this, I think because of the settings and the obvious passion she has for her characters. Couldn't quite understand the undying love the male protagonist had for Diana, who kept fainting, crying, obsessing about her feelings of self pity, sleeping and eating (all in great detail). Not sure why he kept calling her his lioness, love is blind perhaps. I would have preferred to see her acting more independently away from the over-protective, enfolding arms of her lover, then needing to be rescued whilst lamenting her fate, and fainting again. I often wanted to walk up to her and give her a kick up the backside as everyone else seemed to indulge her self obsession. Perhaps this is a fault of first person narrative, and editors saying 'you need to explore her feelings more!!' Sometimes, you can just overdo it.
Some great imaginative touches in the book, particularly the magical house, but much of it was rather too 'Twilight' for me, and the obsessive love and devotion thing overdone.
If I got the following books for free I might read them to see if Diana develops into a more likeable character, but otherwise I wouldn't read them. Sorry.