Loved the cover. Grabbed the whole of Showalter's book series just because the covers looked hot. It still does, and I'm glad I stumbled upon this author for paranormal romance books. It doesn't mean that I'm more prone to giving positive reviews though, but catching my eye has already earned a score.
Anyway, although Showalter did put effort in the introduction, I felt that it wasn't explained enough, and I still feel so. Perhaps more about Pandora should be explained. Why would Zeus punish Maddox over killing Pandora? She wasn't his first kill, and nothing was done before that. It was just when it comes to Pandora, then Zeus became ... What? Mad over the woman's death? More into the history would explain a lot to the readers. Why was Pandora chosen over the warriors? Were they really that poor in their skills? Okay, so even if Pandora was chosen over them, they're supposed to be elite warriors, ummm really cool ones, not a bunch of sore losers. Since Showalter decided to change the well-known story of Pandora, it then became not-so-well-known anymore, and because of that, more details and a lengthy introduction would be really helpful.
I understand that this book is about Maddox and Ashlyn. So more should be written about him, should it not? In fact, I feel that the story ended too quickly. I was screaming for MORE because I felt like I didn't quite understand Ashlyn yet. Maddox has pretty defining words and adjectives, but that's all I know. I can't really give any suggestion for this, for I'm not a writer myself, but if I say that something is lacking and couldn't understand Maddox or Ashlyn very well, then it is. In fact, it felt like Showalter was struggling to describe and define how 'Violence' would act like. Was a nice attempt though, if it's true.
"But-but..." She couldn't allow him to send her away. She needed him. Yes, she'd only just met him. Yes, the only things she knew about him were his name and the fact that he threw daggers with expert precision. But she was already horrified at the thought of losing the silence. "I want to stay with you." She knew desperation seeped from her, but she didn't care. "Please. Just for a little while. Until I learn how to control the voices myself."
Like I said, so much more could be written. Just... These many pages wasn't enough. Why would the girl prefer the silence to stop and not her safety? I know she's suffered from having this unique ability of hers, but seriously, to prefer death over it is absurd, especially what she'd been trying to do is survive (till now). If I'm guessing correctly from the author's point view, the reader is supposed to know that this is the 'pull of mates' or what do they call it... Oh, the "strong unknown attraction between mates etc etc". She's suppose to feel safe with Maddox (I think). So write more on it. Don't leave me guessing from my experience in reading paranormal romance stories. Imagine if this was the first time in reading a book like this. I'd not have understood this 'love' thingy going on.
"Boneless, she lay on his chest."
Oh dear life of mine, I do not know what to say for this one.
Anyway, this is a typical paranormal romance book, what I read was a love story between two very helpless people, which was very well written and portrayed. The interaction was good, the storyline was interesting, and it's perfectly my type of book. Leaves me hungry for more and curious of what other demons would get for their lovers.
I give it a 4/5.
Note: This is not my complete review, the complete review contains many more quotes from the book. You can read the whole review on my blog: www.ohdearlife.comshow more
by Colin Boardman