Saturday, 26 May 2007

Night Pleasures by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Kyrian of Thrace and Amanda. Fucking rubbish. Can't get into this novel at all. Not that it's particularly bad. Just the same ol' same ol' from Kenyon. In this story too much exposition about Dark-Hunters gets in the way of the plot momentum and the heroine Amanda seems overly impressed by the size of the Dark-Hunter wallet. Yuk.

I probably won't be buying anymore of Kenyon's novels. I'm sick of her shoddy plotting. For instance. At the beginning of Night Pleasures, Amanda's former boyfriend is a straight-laced person who ditched her because he saw her sisters cooking magical potions and stalking vampires. Then suddenly towards the end of the book the reader is told he was in fact a half-Apollite who's only purpose was to awaken Amanda's sorceress powers and get her to use them for the Daimon cause. But if that were true he wouldn't have been disgusted by Amanda's crazy family in the first place! How does that make any kind of sense?

Increasingly I think that ALL the successful series paranormals are written by an editorial committee rather than a single author who so obviously runs out of ideas after the first couple of novels. (The exception being Nora Roberts) Plus. I've never liked the fact that all Kenyon's heroes have to be blindingly handsome whilst it's so obvious that many of the heroines are chubby dogs. (Zarek and Astrid being the exception that proves the rule of course.)

I bought this book at Waterstone's. They won't be getting my custom again. I asked the sales assistant if the paranormal romance category books were in amongst the general fiction. She looked at me like I'd spoken Armenian and said yes. But actually all the Sherrilyn Kenyon books were in the horror section whilst the J R Ward novels were in general fiction. And Vivi Anna and Lara Adrian weren't even on their database. But the shop was choc-a-bloc with shitty fiction from the likes of Janet Street-Porter. I didn't even bother to ask about black ghetto girl stories. Hope they go broke.

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