Fire and Ice: The Secret Vampire Society
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3 of 3 found the following review helpful:
Wanted to like it but too many cliches and unbelievable characters Oct 09, 2009
By Debbie's World of Books
"Debbie's World of Books"
If I could I would make this a 2.5 stars.
I had a really hard time debating what rating to give this book because I found the writing choppy and I really disliked the behaviors of the characters I kept reading and actually got through this book pretty quickly. So I feel bad giving it such a low rating. The main reason I did so was while I could get past the writing style there were many parts of the plot where I was telling myself "Come on. Really? Why do you believe that or why did you do that?"
I started off liking Carmen but by the end of the book even though she is supposed to be this strong character I thought as a fighter yes but other than that no. She constantly gives in and blames herself when she makes Adrian mad even when he is obviously in the wrong. I wanted her to grow a spine. Oh you guys were going to kill me? Don't worry about it. All water under the bridge. Really? You forgive them that easily?
Again I liked Adrian a the beginning but as the story went on I kept thinking if he really loved Carmen he would have more faith in her. It seemed that with even the slightest provocation he immediately doubted her, berated her and would grow angry with her. Then she would just lap it up and forgive him. I can see him ignoring her opinions once but once she proved she knew what she was talking about I thought he should have taken her future instincts a little more seriously.
The other thing that bugged me was everything was just too easy and fell neatly into place. There were quite a few cliches and the plot was pretty predictable. I am also surprised that the Amazon description says this is for those 13 and older. I really think it was targeted more for an older audience.
One thing I did like was the reasoning behind why vampires don't normally go out in the sun light. For a second I thought it was going to be because they sparkled and decided if that was the case I would put the book down. But it was something else that really made sense.
Wow, after rereading what I wrote I feel really bad but this is honestly how I feel. To be fair I did see some really positive, 5 star, reviews for this book on Amazon so it might just not have been my cup of tea.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
A new vision Aug 29, 2009
By Sarah S. George
Absolutely could not put the book down. This is a totally new twist in the vampire genre. Ms Wolfe has hit a major league home run with what will hopefully be an on-going story of Adrian, Carmen, Dante and the other easy-to-visualize characters. Congratulations! Bill George
4 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Best Vampire Book Ever Apr 30, 2011
Absolutely the best Vampire book I have ever read. Ms. Wolfe really develops her characters and you are immediately drawn into the story line. I could not put this book down. It was not just a romance as it was also packed full of action too. I found all of the characters to be very interesting and believable. I could not wait to get to the 2nd in the series and I look forward to many, many more to come. Congratulations on a great series of books!!
2 of 3 found the following review helpful:
That last review was unfair! Sep 20, 2009
By Aaron Jacobson
First off, I'm not Sgt. Jacobson, I'm his fiancee, Amy, writing off his account.
I read the last review for this book, and although I don't usually do this review thing, I didn't want the first review people see to be that of this obviously frustrated reader of the Library giveaway system.
I read C.S.Wolfe's book several weeks ago, and although I had similar concerns about the Adrian/Carmen relationship, I know that fiction is exactly that...FICTION, as in...NOT REAL! No one ever said every protagonist needs to be a role model, and I believe that most teens are smart enough to decide how they want to be treated, they don't need Carmen and Adrian to model that for them. Anna Karenina and Lolita are classics, and I'd hope we don't look toward the protagonists of those books for model behavior!
Fledgling novels are often rough, have you read the first of the "Twilight" series? Beginning authors grow into experienced and nuanced writers by writing. Give Ms. Wolfe a chance.
In reading her book, I saw many strengths, as in her descriptive ability and her ability to keep the plot moving through action sequences and character involvement. Often, a first book sets the scene and introduces the main characters, and the plot thickens as the series continues. I think that is the case with this book, as it was with both the "Harry Potter " and "Twilight" series.
I, personally, look forward to C.S.Wolfe's next effort, as I understand the learning curve and the spark of a talented beginning writer. Cut her some slack, look forward to the next installment, and I'm sure the reviews will continue to recognize the positive.
very anoying Sep 11, 2012
By Manea Ana-Maria
I am sorry to say it but yes i was extremly anoyed while reading this book. Honestly now Adrian was constantly mad at Carmen, was seeing her more like a pet or a slave than his wife and she always forgave him just like that because "his eyes were flaming pools" making her loose all her dignity and oh what the hell just let him do whatever he wants with her. She was kept in shackles and eventualy executed by the man who go figure loved her sooooo deply. To get to the point the book is very disapointing and as i said in the title very annoying. I kept reading it and expected the moment where Carmen would stand for herself and not be a victim all of the time or Adrians little slave but the moment never apered. Whenever he looked deep in her eyes with his flaming pools she was lost. yyuucckkk. I am sorry for the bad review it is my honest opinion.
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