Reading Wrap Up – Repeat Edition

wildfireYep, so it has been a bit since my last reading wrap up post, and things haven’t been too bad. I dove into Flame in the Dark from Faith Hunter, and I loved it. Totally worth staying up all night for, and I can’t wait to see where things go from here. Love Nell, love Occam, and love seeing their potential coupledom take a few big leaps forward, too. I also got back into the In Death series from J.D. Robb after a couple months long break, and that was welcome, too. The great thing is that it is like coming back to old friends, and with this series I never feel lost even after a bit of time away from them. Works out well. And I finally did my re-read of Wildfire from Ilona Andrews. I seriously can’t even tell you just how much I love the Hidden Legacy books. They are absolute favorites – like top 5 series of all time – and I do so hope for more.

I also tackled a new to me series I have been meaning to get to for forever, with…interesting results. I read a couple of Jennifer Estep‘s young adult offerings over the years, and actually quite enjoyed them. But I am having a little bit of an issue with the Elemental Assassin books. I mentioned in a post from last week that I thought I was nitpicking, but that the constant repetition of everyone’s eye color was getting on my last nerve. I liked pretty much everything else, but that one detail bugged the crap out of me. Once, twice, three times… I am fine with that. Repeating a characters eye color more than 40 times in one book – sometimes multiple times on a page – was over the top. Well, that was what I found in the first book, and my issue has expanded a bit.

Now, I have learned to basically skip the eye color thing. I might roll my hazel eyes a few times, but I was dealing. Until the rest of the repetition reared its ugly, ugly head. Descriptions and phrases are said pretty much word for word, over and over (and over) again, without end. The repetition was never ending.

I repeat: the repetition was never ending.

Gin’s 5 point weapons arrangement. Finn’s love of chicory coffee. Bria’s shaggy blonde hair. JoJo’s painted toenails. Sophia’s monosyllabic grunts. Over and over and over. But the one that really bugged me was weird. It was the way she referred to Sophia – long time friend, co-worker, helper, basically extended family member. She is either called The Dwarf or the Goth Dwarf 90% of the time, and for me it became insulting. Saying what she is a few times is fine, but she has a name. Use it. One of my friends is a bit older than me, and French, but I call her by her name, not the “old French chick”. I believe there was one page where she was referred to as the dwarf or the goth dwarf four times. ON ONE PAGE. I REPEAT – ON. ONE. PAGE. It got to the point where I was mixing up the names of the “Dwarf sisters” because Sophia’s name was so rarely used.

The problem is that I do like the storyline, and pretty much all of the characters – except Gin. Because the story is told from her first-person POV, I keep hearing her repeating everything so my annoyance has transferred to her. But I do like Finn, The “Goth Dwarf” and her sister, and Owen seems like he has potential (I am only on the third book, Venom). I really do want to keep going with the series, but I find myself skimming a bit when the verbal replays get too much. And as one of you warned me in the previous Nitpick post, apparently Gin picks up a nick-name for what I will assume is Owen that will really push me over the edge. Sigh. Something to look forward to. I repeat….eh, never mind.

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10 thoughts on “Reading Wrap Up – Repeat Edition

  1. cheryl says:

    You missed this one… the pig foot prints on the floor of the BBQ store or the cracked linoleum tile and the cash register with the …. oh yeah that one along with the overly described everything. SIgh… I gave up on book 6? I don’t remember because I wanted to slap Gin and possibly the constant repeat of the plot of bad mob type versus Gin.
    I really liked this series until I got burn out and yet I never get that way with any J.D. Robb In Death series…Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series… Eileen Wilks World of Lupi. … Gini Koch Alien series and a few others that I could read until the end of time.

    • kaleigha says:

      I didn’t want to be totally hateful, but the overly descriptive thing has started to make an appearance, too. I really noticed it with the cooking…do we really need to know all of the ingredients in everything made?

  2. Lisa says:

    I gave up on the series because there was too little balance between stressful thoughts/situations and anything else that could have made the world / characters/ relationship more interesting & less bleak. The books made me too stressed out and depressed to continue. I liked them, but those things were too much for me.

    • kaleigha says:

      Yeah, the all grim, all the time thing can get old. That was how I felt slogging through the Dark-Hunter books by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I was starting to cringe thinking about what new tortures were going to be unleashed next.

      • Lisa says:

        Yes, there really is a need for tension breaker scenes & “rewards” in books. I don’t like Series that constantly emotionally abuse the reader.

        I love the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews tremendously because of that balance. The relationship between Kate & Curran was the proverbial carrot & stick that pulled me through the series and all the interesting world building & characters, the interesting ways information was provided, and the way the story (plot?) was layed out, really balanced out the grittiness, tension and intense fight scenes.

  3. Lidy says:

    Another Hidden Legacy fan here! I binge-read them in about a week when Wildfire was released. I wish Augustine would get a book… or a trilogy (I’m not picky), as well as Nevada’s family (especially Catalina with Alessandro). Now I’m waiting for them to release the last book[s] in Kate Daniels and the story on that maybe-bad-maybe-not antihero guy Hugh so I can read the complete series. LOL

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