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And another one bites the dust
on 11 August 2014
Meh. I stopped reading the series a few books back, as much as it hurt to do so. She was losing her focus and Rachel was losing her moxie, becoming bland and uninteresting. I did an Evelyn Wood on this one, after it had so many rave reviews, and the first thing I noticed is that the dialog is wooden, Rachel is no longer strong and in charge but is now one of those kick-ass women who have turned into a knock-off of that "Fifty Shades of Pukedom" so-called heroine, "She Who Must Not Be Named." Whiny, self-centered, blushing and giggling over that ass Trent who really couldn't care less about her in the long run. Oh, woe is me, I am such a martyr.... (Insert big, breathy sigh here.)
My take on all the googly eyes over this hot mess?
On the reader's side, there seems to be a massive call for books with limited, wooden, uninspiring characters with very little development, poor story lines, blase world building, and an all around demand for books that revolve strictly around the sex. Paranormal sex and kinky sex get extra points, but heaven forbid the characters be interesting outside of bed (or floor, or kitchen sink, or the ground, etc.) Name your own compost pile worthy "woman-centric book" and it is easy to follow the decline in story lines.
On the author's side, it is a buyer's market. If what is making the money is poorly written garbage, well, that is what gets written. Also, with this being the, what, 60th or so, Rachel book, the author has GOT to be getting tired of the character and the storyline and must ache to write something fresh. It is sort of hard to keep your mind on your business when you are stuck on an assembly line.
Overall, I bow down to Ferdy on this one: [...]...
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You tell it like it is, Ferdy!!! You are my heroine . . .