Gabbo de la Parra
Born a Sagittarius in the fabulous year of the Rooster of ’69, at the hour when my cat was about to be a complete dragon, I landed in the Caribbean Coast of the outlandish Republic of Panama to start the adventure of life.
Love and the Internet brought me to Middle Tennessee to embrace the American dream and my husbandly romance. Writing has been a part of my life since a very early age, and it’s a pleasure to share my stories with others thanks to the wonderful opportunities this land provides.
Our townhouse --close to a lake-- is crowded with the spirits of my characters, our black kitty Luna and our Maltese, Chance.
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- Children of the Gods - A Chosen Novel
on May 12, 2012
It amazes me how so many other reviews compare this book with THE HOST and nobody seems to hear the distant echo of THE HUNGER GAMES. Luckily for me, I haven’t read any of these books (I watched the movie, but beyond that, nah) and therefore my perception of CHILDREN wasn’t tarnished by other authors.
What I appreciated the most about this book was its conciseness. Although, there were days (within the book) that it seemed like nothing happened, every little step (a touch, a glance, a simple words exchange) built my understanding of the relationship between the main characters.
Coming from a Man Down South who writes erotica, the love scenes were mild but sweet enough to keep me interested. Other people might think there were too many of these skin-to-skin moments for a YA book, but in total honesty that line between what is YA and Mature is downright blurry. Many PG13 movies have a lot more violence and skin in comparison to this book.
Even if many background details were swiftly explained or altogether omitted, I grasped the story from beginning to end. I felt somehow cheated with the almost rushed last chapter but it didn’t bother me so much as to say it diminished my appreciation of the story as a whole.
Books written in first person aren’t my cup of tea, especially when it’s a girl doing the talking because in many occasion they seemed not just naïve but immature. Not the case here. Reka might be young, but she knows enough of life to understand (if not fully, at least, coherently) that every action has a reaction. Hey, we have to accept she is a girl in love, and Love usually fogs your ability to be rational and act like an adult, even when (technically) you’re not one.
I recommend this book if you want a story that’s interesting and doesn’t drag you around with unnecessary flourishes.
I received this book thanks to The Nexus group ARR program.
- Thunderbolt Torn Enemy of Rome
on Sep. 08, 2012
HISTORY BUFFS REJOICE!
For a reason I cannot yet fathom, I entered Malco Barca's life expecting a manly romance. There were a lot of manly characters but this is not a romance. Wonderful historical fiction yes, man-on-man romance no. And it's not the author's fault, he never advertised THUNDERBOLT as such. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa.
This doesn't imply you will not find delicious boy bits ravished here and there, in superbly well-carried love scenes.
Nevertheless, what didn't make me love this story (more) was the constant depiction of battle strategies and maneuver details. This made the story kind of History schoolbook-ish for me. A simply matter of attraction.
If you are a history buff and love sexy scenes thrown in the middle of the discourse, this is the book for you.