Heart of Fire by Amanda Bouchet was my pick of the week for this week. I enjoyed most of the first book, and I remember liking the second one well enough, too. Maybe not as much as the first, but sometimes there is a bit of a lull in the middle book in a trilogy. Unfortunately, according to Doug Meeks (who was kind enough to send over his review), things don’t end on a high note.
What Doug said…
Plot in 4 Words “I am a failure”
Well I must be one of the few people in the world that did not think this was some great literacy achievement, coming in at 418 pages for a story that could have been told in 250 and probably better unless you are addicted to pages and pages and pages of self-introspection and did not succumb to terminal boredom.
While the above may be a bit over the top it does represent where I spent a LOT of my time reading this book and was finally forced to scan a few pages to stay awake. After you have read so many pages of “I am a failure” … ad nauseam you want some action. Seems the action usually follows some TSTL moment and more “I am a failure” laments.
I can say at least this one did not have the feel of any domestic abuse I found in the other 2 books but this was IMHO an overwritten novel with pages and pages of near nothing happening. Throw in a few VERY frustrating action scenes and battles with her mother, followed by ….. you guessed it “I am a failure” I am beginning to think I did not read the same book as everyone and after dragging us through pages and pages of nothing we wrap the whole thing up in a few pages (now she wants to conserve pages WTF?)
Taken as a whole this trilogy gets 3 Stars from me, it has made me mad, bored me and frustrated me with a whiny heroine, an overbearing alpha male (who along with his heroine seemed to have done a Jekyll and Hyde do-over for this last book) I guess I am missing whatever made this such an addicting reading experience for so many people.
3 Stars and really I am confused why anyone thinks it deserves more ….
Welp, that is unfortunate. I was hoping that maybe the author would branch out and tell more stories set in this world, but I guess we will have to see. Did you check out Heart of Fire? What did you think?