Fantastical realm dweller Madeline Sheehan is the USA Today bestselling author of the Undeniable series and Shut Up and Kiss Me. More of her published works include: The Holy Trinity series, and the Thicker Than Blood series (Thicker Than Blood and Beneath Blood and Bone).
A Social Distortion enthusiast, and fan of anything deemed socially inappropriate, Madeline was homegrown in New York, where she can still be found engaging in food fights and video game marathons with her husband and son.
on Aug. 21, 2015 :
My interpretations with spoilers.
I have nothing against Xan, but Gerik is the [..]. Obviously both Gerik and Xan are hot as [..] and totally amazing. Both are wonderful. But Gerik is made for her and magic. Any male lead in any book can connect the way that Xan can with her, but what makes this so special is how Gerik can connect with her. I think that everyone is just giving him too bad of a rep for what he is going through. Emilian was helped through everything by his people. Gerik was orphaned and the leaders didn't help him make the connection with Trinity. So he was left hanging with his full-fledged feelings for her all his life without the actual connection. He obviously loved her very much or he would have just raped her to make the connection instead of waiting for her. He never forced her into anything. By the time Trieme was 22 and Emilian was 29, the same ages as Trinity and Gerik currently, they were married and she was pregnant. I think, in the whole cosmos connection of everything, that is the stage that Trinity and Gerik are suppose to be in now so as his biological magical manly clock is freaking the [...] out and needing to make that happen. So instead of just forcing Trinity to make it happen, he is trying to get rid of some of that pressure with Onyx. He does not enjoy it. It says in the book he shut his eyes and pretended it wasn't her, and that after it didn't feel better. Also, I don't think it's just him [...] around or can it be compared to a regular guy because he wants Trinity so bad just wanting to touch her and not allowing himself causes a hurricane. He's just trying to give her time to accept him. He has loved her his whole life, but has just been waiting for her the same as Emilian with Trieme except he didn't get to connect with her at her birth. I think since they are parts of the same soul, they will have to be together because their whole soul being torn apart is what caused this apocalypse to being with. So I'd have to say it's threesome or Gerik, end of.
I also want to talk about all the Greek Gods and stories. The first mermaid story has some similarities to the first Vampire/Zombie/Whatever those scary [...] are. The Soul Mate really has a Hades & Persephone feel to it. This is a something I found on the Internet about P "queen of the underworld. Homer describes her as the formidable, venerable majestic queen of the underworld, who carries into effect the curses of men upon the souls of the dead. Persephone was abducted by Hades, the god-king of the underworld. The myth of her abduction represents her function as the personification of vegetation which shoots forth in spring and withdraws into the earth after harvest; hence she is also associated with spring and with the seeds of the fruits of the fields." Is there a P and Trin connection? The most important Greek myth I wanted to discuss was the Fates, the 3 sisters. Somehow I know this has got to be important. This is something I found on the Internet about them "The Fates have the subtle but awesome power of deciding a man's destiny. They assign a man to good or evil. Their most obvious choice is choosing how long a man lives. There are three Fates. Clotho, the spinner, who spins the thread of life. Lachesis, the measurer, who choses the lot in life one will have and measures off how long it is to be. Atropos, she who cannot be turned, who at death with her shears cuts the thread of life. The Fates are old and predate the gods. It is not entirely clear how far their power extends. It is possible that they determine the fate of the gods as well. In any case, not even the most powerful is willing to triffle with them." So they make a man good or evil... Teodora spins the thread of life. Idk what that means. Sits the backdrop of life in motion maybe? Trinity choses the lot and measures how long it's going to be. So she will decide what kind of life they lead and how long that kind of life exists, right? Tahyra cannot be turned. Hum.... Also she can end it all? At her death, she ends all life? There has to be a whole [...] of a lot going on with this Fates thing. Lastly I wanted to talk about Trinity's name and the series name The Holy Trinity. (Yep u guessed more Internet quotes) Here's what I found on Trinity: "Trinity Theology In most Christian faiths, the union of three divine persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one God. Also called Trine. Also called Holy Trinity Blessed Trinity the union of three persons, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, in one Godhead. The union of three persons in one Godhead, or the threefold personality of the one Divine Being.
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on March 21, 2014 :
I absolutely love Madeline Sheehan's books...she writes in such a way that just speaks...NO screams out to my heart and all the inner feelings I have about life and love. I have never read a book quite like this one...it is completely out of the normal genre that I usually read, but being such a huge fan of hers (and the fact she put it on Smashwords for FREE) convinced me to give it a try.
WOW...WOW...WOW...what an exciting and beautiful and horrible and sexy and mystical journey that was...and without a doubt, it left me wanting to read more...but OMG...it made me feel so many emotions and that last freaking chapter...made me bawl my eyes out!!
This was a completely original dystopian world where fantasy lives amidst creatures with sharp claws and teeth and everyday is a fight for survival while magic serves as a protector.
Trinity, Zan and Gerik make up the unbelievably sexy as hell love triangle...Trinity and Gerik "bonded" as soulmates and Zan, the one who loves her unconditionally.
There are so many characters in this story and it keeps going back and forth between the past and present day...you really need a score sheet or cliff notes to keep up at times, not to mention all the Romanian and Slovenian phrases which are sometimes easy to figure out but at others it's good to check the provided glossary so you don't miss a thing!
This is not only a battle of survival for all in this society or between the two men fighting for Trinity's love, but rather a strong woman determined to fight for the right to make her own choices about her own future...without magic or interference from the Gypsy camp who have taken her in.
If you liked Sheehan's biker series, you will love this one as well...the setting may be different but there are an abundance of hot, bossy alpha males, interfering bitches (I just wanted to wring Onyx's damn neck!), a real sense of family ties and loyalty, plus an amazing mix of scorching romance and blood curdling action!
***** 5 ***** "Sacrifice it ALL for love" stars
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