Sunday, October 7, 2007

Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Ok, well since I cannot concentrate on my accounting homework to save my life, I might as well take a study break and talk about the book that I finished this morning. Yes, I know I said I finished Mine Till Midnight this morning, and I did. That happened in the early morning. This was the book I had started and put down so that I could read MTM and then subsequently picked back up and finished. K, so that said, how was it?

Mphm, to copy a Jamie-ism. And I'm not even sure if that is a good noise or bad noise. Let's just say that it was my first Kenyon, and while I don't think it will be my last, I was not bowled over. Again, the short plot is basically that there is this Greek (no, make that Spartan) love slave named Julian who is trapped in this book and unleashed by a modern woman named Grace who lives in New Orleans and is a virgin (practically anyways) sex therapist. Uh huh. Well, the sex slave thing has promise, but then they go through the entire book without having sex. whaaa? To be fair, the author throws in some sort of supernatural curse reversal to explain the no-sex storyline. Something about Julian not having sex for the month and then having a lot of it right at the end means that he will be free of his curse...but honestly, that felt just a tad manipulative. Toss in a wacky tarot card reading sidekick friend and it all adds up to a whole lotta cliches.

That said, there were things about the book that worked for me. I liked Julian. Although he was pretty angsty and emotive, he was also funny and thoughtful and sweet. I could understand how he would find it attractive for a woman to see him as something other than a piece of meat. As for Grace, she was a lot harder for me to get behind. Yes, I understand that she was treated like crap by her first boyfriend, but is she really going to be a frigid ice-queen for the rest of eternity? I mean, really. I don't buy the whole my-heart-was-broken-and-therefore-I-shall-remain-in-solitary-misery-for-the-rest-of-my-life thang. Yeah, you go girl, that'll really show 'em!

Greek gods and goddesses pop in and out of the story and throw around phrases like "he's going to kick your ass!" which I'm pretty sure I don't remember reading in Plato. But by this point, I had started to look at the whole thing like an episode of Hercules or Xena. And that is probably what actually saved the book for me. Once I started reading it as a light-hearted comedy based in fantasy, it became more entertaining. So overall, my final grade for this book comes out to a solid C. I still think I am going to check out the Dark Hunter books just 'cuz. Hopefully they're a little lighter on the comedy and heavier on the "dark" aspect.


Kat O+ said...

Try Night Play--it was the book that finally convinced me to keep reading this series. Or Night Embrace, which is the book that convinced my friend to buy the entire series! And that was after we'd already read 2-3 books each (including Fantasy Lover except I never finished it).

sula said...

Thanks for the rec. Night Play...I'll have to see if I can find it. Like I said, I'm not against reading Kenyon again, but this was definitely NOT the book to start with. lol.