Author: J. Lynn
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Published: Oct 24, 2013
Trust in Me is Wait for You told from Cam’s point of view… which sounds more exciting than it actually is.
I did enjoy this book, but certainly not as much as I thought I would. Wait for You, despite its predictability and lack of originality, was pure entertainment for me, whereas Trust in Me, essentially the same story retold, had much more work to do. This time around, I wasn’t turning the pages for the story (I knew it all already), and so felt there was little to hold onto at first. It takes a while for Cam’s voice to catch up with the personality formed in Wait for You, and with the repetitiveness of the plot, this book does carry a bit of a pointless feel at times.
It isn’t long-lived, however, and Cam does eventually manage to turn the entertainment-factor up a notch. While I can’t say that I was ever fully engrossed or impressed, there is a certain sweetness to the romance that makes it enjoyable to experience again. It’s interesting to see things from Cam’s point of view, despite that removing some of the mystery, but I imagine that this would have worked even better had there been a larger portion of new scenes (i.e those that we haven’t already experienced in Wait for You through Avery’s point of view).
Ultimately though, I don’t feel like I’ve gained a great deal from reading this. It’s a quick and fairly satisfying book, but not much more.
Rating: 3 stars
Author: Livia Blackburne
Publisher: Lion's Quill Press
Published: Sept 12, 2013
Poison Dance is Livia Blackburne’s prequel novella to Midnight Thief, a Disney-Hyperion title that’s due out in 2014. It takes place a handful of years before the events of the novel, and focuses on James, an assassin, and the eventual leader of the Assassin’s Guild. It’s essentially a glimpse into a fresh fantasy world and an introduction to a potentially key secondary character.
Unfortunately, and quite disappointingly, this novella failed to do what I really wanted it to – which was to whet my appetite for a new author’s imagination. Instead, it made for a few too many days of rather monotonous reading, and actually took me longer to get through than a normal-length book usually might. On the surface, there is little that is obviously wrong with it. Besides a few stiff attempts to make word choices fantasy-appropriate, the world-building (although not fully explored here) is noticeably thought-out, the characters are consistent, and the writing is solid. What this novella lacks (for me, at least) is emotion - a certain level of heart that might make it more than just a few short pages that are easily forgotten within the hour. I felt no connection to James, to his story, or to any of the other characters around him.
Technically, Poison Dance isn’t an outrageously bad piece of work, but this ultimate indifference does make me feel like I wasted my time a little with this one. I don’t think it’s an essential read, however, I am still looking forward to Midnight Thief – I know, I don’t make sense to even me – but with altered, more reasonable expectations.