Thursday, January 15, 2015

Cranky Author Reviews: Light my Fire

G.A. Aiken's : Light my fire 

(or is it Shelly Laurenston? Is she having an identity crisis? A split personality? Or maybe she'd just like to publish more than twice a year? Yep, bet it's that last one) 

So while up til two am last night  (Insomniacs will understand this) after staring at the ceiling for forty minutes I decided to read this book. She's always good for a funny if a bit batty read. Aiken didn't disappoint. 

This story is about Elina blah blah blah something Steppers of the outerplains...huh must be lazy cause that name is ridiculously lonnng and I am not going to type it out no matter how much you may want to know it. She's to kill the dragon queen which she doesn't really have any intention of doing because what's the point really? So enters the dragon Celyn the Charming. Part of the Cadwaladr clan of dragons. If you've read any of her other books you'll know that they are obsessed with war and weapons. Not so Celyn. 

Hot, he is, but also smart. He also has a bad habit of asking too many questions. This is annoying for our heroine who thinks words are useless. (I love how Aiken seems to use her wicked whit to move the stories along. Any time you read her books you'll see these silly and yes wicked one liners that have you snickering to yourself. It never seems to fail that one or another of them seems clueless (only they're not) about something they said bothering another character.)

And though I loved her book...I hated...and I do mean hated that there were little words missing in the books. I am by no means a stickler for grammar. (anyone who's read my books will tell you that I have more typos than most readers can take. Yes, I am working on that...not sure how I can manage to find all million and one of them in a 60000+ word document when I can't seem to find them in a twenty word text, but hey I am improving...digressing again. The book, back to the book.) 

But the missing words were a bit annoying. They wouldn't have bothered me as much knowing that it was supposed to be a language difference if Aiken didn't do the same thing in the thoughts of other characters which became a little irritating. Elina's language has no pesky words like a, the, you. So if missing words bother you this one, although its an excellent read, may not be the book for you.  

So after this he leaves her in a jail for six months because he forgot he left her there. Yep, a way to a girls heart surely...NOT.

So she's understandably angry about this and lets him know by hitting him in the head. And being a dragon he doesn't get why she's mad. (or maybe that was just him being a man. They tend to forget things. Like my son when I tell him to clean his room...sigh.)

Finally sent off back to the outer plains on a mission to make a deal with the outer plains people with said annoying dragon in tow. They are fumbling and bumbling along through murdered friends, Temples with phallic proportions, and eye stealing mothers. 

One of my favorite lines was : Elina shrugged. "I do not know, but I think you need to calm the fuck down." 

I snickered for almost a minute after that one...reading the book will tell you why. I can't spoil all the good parts or what would be the point in you reading the book after reading this review, after all.

This book also has a lot more story building for the series than a lot of tender scenes with the H & h. Finally we see our happily mated couple both branded which makes me laugh. (For the branding while sexy, was not good for my inner feminist who was like why does he get to brand her, when she didn't get to brand him. With the other Human/Dragon mating's in Aiken's books. 

And the new army for Queen Annwyl oh...boy do they seem ominous...

So while I enjoyed this book very much as a continuation of her series, I wouldn't say it's a book for everyone. 

But for me it's a definite : EPE or Excellent Personal Experience.
(5 Stars for those who haven't read the intro to this blog on my other blog page.)

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