Series: The Painted Maidens Trilogy #2
Published by Patchwork Press on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Mermaids, Mythology, Paranormal, Romance, Shapeshifters, Werewolves, Young Adult
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Two separate worlds; the Undine of the Deep and the Wolves of the Dry. A history muddled in war but thick with family bonds blur the lines of right and wrong. The youngest members of each race unite, trying to steer their people away from the brink of disaster. Serena and Liam must work together to resolve the problems of their people before the pressure tears these twin siblings apart. But the betrayed are angry, and are out for revenge.
My ReviewSerena is slowly falling into her new role as Queen of the Undine. The deadline of her birthday, where she is to give herself over to the Werewolves as a sacrifice to amend their differences, looms. Serena is willing to do anything to save her people, but Liam isn’t so willing to allow his sister to die. Together, they search for a way to help both of their races thrive without anyone needing to be sacrificed.
This book picks up within a few weeks of where The Rising left off. The story was really easy to jump right back into. I found the story here to be slightly more interesting than the one in The Rising, however, it dragged a bit more. I had trouble connecting to it, which had me turning the pages with a mild interest but little dedication. It felt like I was reading a “rainy day” book that I barely cared about instead of a continuation in a series I was completely curious about.
I think the characters were the biggest blemish in the story for me. I had trouble connecting to them with The Rising and it’s only made worse here. Even though the writing is smooth, I couldn’t get too emotional about them. The one time I did get completely emotional, was with a side character who, depending on your point of view, hardly mattered.
The character that I got emotion about the most was Cordelia. View Spoiler »I cried hard when she died, but I got really angry afterward. I loathe the “mother dies in childbirth” plot point and think it should never be used. It rivals only the “man finds out about a secret child days before wedding to another” plot that shows/books seem to think is a good idea to bring in drama. I hate it. Why is it painted that women are so weak that we can’t survive a childbirth? For that matter, why is it a good idea to make a newborn an orphan? I hated it in Harry Potter so obviously I will loathe it in a series I am not nearly as devoted to. This plot point alone nearly ruined the book for me. « Hide Spoiler
This book suffered from the Sophomore Slump, there is no way around that. It tried to be strong, and it did advance the story fairly well. It wrapped up a few things a bit too cleanly, leaving you wondering what will happen in the third book, but it was handled well in general. The lack of Liam in the final pages was enough to latch me onto the third book, but other than that, this book suffered. I truly believe that the third in the series will make up for it, but then, I generally have low expectations for sophomore novels in a series to begin with. This series is worth continuing, even if this book wasn’t as entertaining as I had hoped it would be.
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Track my ProgressI didn’t do anything productive this quarter either. *sigh* I did request some new books, that I totally shouldn’t have, but oh well. I actually just started reading again this week. I have a review request I am working on and then going back to galleys for the rest of the year. I want to at least beat my challenge. I did have my baby, so at least the baby brain hormones have passed and I can focus again, when I don’t have an infant in my arms anyway. I’ve been using breastfeeding time and nap time (I let her sleep on my chest a bunch since she is textbook clingy for the forth trimester) for my reading time. It’s working out, although a little slowly. She is actually in her pack and play behind me crying because she doesn’t want to be set down. A mother’s job is never done.
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Needless to say, I am off on a bit of a hiatus while I figure out this whole parenting thing. I’m struggling with my breastfeeding, so that is eating a bunch of time and energy.
I will not be taking any requests/tours/etc for my blog until the end of October at the earliest. Chances are, I will skip out on these (unless I sign up for them directly, of course) until the end of the year so that I can focus on my baby and try to get my Netgalley Challenge beaten. You guys understand.
I miss blogging all the time, but time just isn’t on my side right now. I’m still planning on my rename as well, but I decided to just wait and do that at the end of the year instead. With any luck, that will happen in December. Just have to get on a schedule and get things finished. But I wanted to let you all know what was going on so you don’t think I’ve abandoned my blog or anything. Hope everyone has had an amazing summer and that autumn is starting out right!
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Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.
Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.
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