Thursday, July 24, 2008

Review: Upon The Midnight Clear by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Title: Upon The Midnight Clear
Series: Dark-Hunters, Dream-Hunters
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: October 30, 2007
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
ISBN: 0312947054
ISBN-13: 9780312947057

Ever think Scrooge had it right before the ghosts ruined his life? Meet Aidan O’Conner.

At one time he was a world-renowned celebrity who gave freely of himself and his money without wanting anything in return...until those around him took without asking. Now Aidan wants nothing of the world—or anyone who’s a part of it.

When a stranger appears at his doorstep, Aidan knows he’s seen her his dreams.

Born on Olympus as a goddess, Leta knows nothing of the human world. But a ruthless enemy has driven her from the world of dreams and into the home of the only man who can help her: Aidan. Her immortal powers are derived from human emotions—and his anger is just the fuel she needs to defend herself...

One cold winter’s night will change their lives forever...

Trapped together in a brutal winter storm, Aidan and Leta must turn to the only power capable of saving them—or destroying them both: trust.

My rating:

Deeply betrayed by the people he cared for, Aidan O’Conner, a huge celebrity turned mountain recluse, wants nothing to do with the world or the people inhabiting it.

A snowy night is about to change everything, when a gorgeous, stubborn woman appears on his doorstep.

Leta, a goddess of sleep, needs Aidan’s dark anger as fuel to defend them both from ancient and new enemies.

Trapped together, the emotionless goddess and a bitter celebrity must learn to trust. Only time would tell if it they will win or perish trying.

If you send your brain for coffee, this novella is cute and refreshing to read. Something to take with you on the beach. Short, sweet, with a happily-ever-after.

When your brain returns from its coffee break however...
I know it’s a novella and the time-span is supposed to be short and everything is supposed to resolve itself in said short time-span, but still.

For someone who’s been as betrayed as Aidan (claims to have been) by those who he thought loved him, he sure is quick to jump at the occasion to trust a complete stranger with his life and his heart. In just one day, mind you!

And for a dream goddess who has no emotions and at the very beginning doesn’t even blink at the thought of sacrificing Aidan for the greater good, Leta is even quicker to change her mind that Aidan was. Despite wanting to fuel his anger to fuel her own powers, she is desperate to make him trust her, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Aidan’s brother was a little too homicidal for my taste and in such a short book his obsession seemed more that of a madman and not something his jealousy might have provoked. There should have been more of a back story to explain how this obsession has degenerated. The short flashback at the end of the book just doesn’t do the trick. There are many brothers or sisters who steal their siblings’ toys and yet when they grow up they don’t want to kill them.

I think it’s the first time we really encountered Zeus in this long-winding saga and for the king of the gods, I found him a little lacking. Sure, he had no qualms in killing a human or Leta for that matter, but he resulted to be a little too naive for my taste, believing M’Adoc’s lie about Leta turning Skoti.

As for Hades. After two books I’m still waiting to see the god of death. All I’ve encountered so far was a "ripped" god gone soft because of a woman.

The only refreshing characters in this novella were the insane, rhyme-speaking Lyssa and Deimos who’s always a fun to read.


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