I am not sure what to say. It was chilling to see how methodically Master molded Emily, every single step. It was fascinating. But what really impressed me most was the sense that it was all psychological. Emily knew it. Master knew it. From beginning to end, I sensed the psychology behind everything, which to me brought this short book to another level. I really enjoyed it because of that, and I look forward to reading more from this author.
It was okay. It was light, sweet and readable. But it was also unoriginal, the characters were fairly flat, and the dialogue rather trite. There was a serious case of tell, not show, and a lot of introspection.
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2.5 stars. When I first started this, I did not know about the historical background of Hysteria and the treatments that had been recommended until I'd read a couple of reviews and looked up the information online. It enabled me to look at it from a different perspective, and made it a better reading experience.
I liked this story. The HEA was rather sweet although it was too short to show why and how Dr. Drake and Constance fell in love. It was also a bit uncomfortable to read and I wasn't certain I would finish it. I think it was because there was some "ick" factor for me in how the two met and under what circumstances. There was also the fact that as the reader, I was reading from Constance's 1st person, present tense POV. It is actually a bit disturbing how eagerly she looks forward to her treatments and manipulates her mother and her doctor to get her way although I can see why she would do so. But the writing style lent her voice a particular "mad" quality to it. If I could have seen her processing why she had felt so anxious and disturbed by Dr. Drake, I think I would have liked it better. And then, there's the question of whether Dr. Drake had the authority to remove her from her parents' care and take her as his Ward.
2.5 - 3 stars
I thought that this novella had potential. The author had an interesting idea for a faerie story. I liked the differences between this one and the others I had read: Wondrous Strange, The Iron King. The differences were refreshing (and no love triangles! yet). I liked the voice of Jensen, and I liked the humor. I liked the idea behind the story enough that I might read the other novellas. Based on my enjoyment, I'd rate this at 3 stars.
However, the negatives outweighed the positives, leading me to rate downwards. This work could have been better with the help of a good editor. It should have been proofread. It was missing punctuation marks, most notably commas in direct address, and had a few typos. This novella could have been expanded into a longer work. The world did not feel fully fleshed out, and the characters were poorly developed. The pacing was rushed, and the plot was weak. There were some inconsistencies in the rules of the world, and some things or actions that just didn't make sense or were not explained. Due to my slight awareness of the sociology of language, I was offended by the use of the word "gay" to refer to something negative. I hate hearing it from the young adults I have known or been acquainted with, and I definitely don't want to see it spoken by a character in a book. This had a significant impact on my enjoyment of this work.
Overall, yes, I enjoyed this book, but readers who are allergic to sparkling or shimmery non-human folk might want to stay away.
Limerick suffered from much the same problems as Shimmerspell. Once again, it could have used a good editor. It needed proofreading due to the misuse or absence of punctuation marks, most notably the missing commas in direct address. It read more like theater scenes following a storyline but missing the props and the scenery i.e. background details and other fillers. If the author had taken the time to flesh out each scene, and taken the time to develop the characters, it would have made for a more satisfying read. Once again, due to the absence of the above, the pacing was rushed. The plot was weak. It kind of reminds me of the plots of a TV show episode - superficial and easily tidied up. There were some things left unexplained in both the first novella and this one.
What I did like about it were how the "dragons" were portrayed, which was quite unique. And Jensen's voice. I also thought that the voices of the characters were pretty close to teenager-like, as was Jensen's reactions to the discoveries about Liam and Dermott.
This, I believe, is the first rape fantasy I've read, and wow! Lexie is sooo lucky. Justin was so hot! I liked how the reader was neatly told of how the scene had been pre-arranged, and I liked the sweetness of the ending, too. It was fascinating to see Justin go from stern Dom to a light-heartedly laughing lover. I thought that this little story was rather well written, and I'm interested in reading more from this author.
Supposedly a fantasy setting but there was no world-building to persuade me that this was a fantasy: neither the behaviors of the characters nor their speech convinced me that it was not just another contemporary in the cloak of fantasy. The BDSM was tame, I felt no heat from either the scene or the sex, and the writing was shallow. I was not convinced that Celeste was a submissive. My overall reaction after this story was, "Eh."