Like any relationship that is on the precipice of making the change of moving on or staying together for the kids, you begin to examine the pros and cons of staying together. I think back to our honeymoon stage. When I was excited to pick you up and read just what was going to happen next, reveling in the newness of it all. And after 4ish years of fond memories, we both started to change. I was looking for excitement while you wanted to stay the same. I was ready for a new adventure while you wanted to ‘stay the course’ and after this last installment, I am sorry to say that I need to ‘take some space’. It’s time…(gulp) to separate.
The latest installment of Ms. Feehan’s Carpathian series made me realize that maybe I have changed and just need to move on. It saddens me as the Carpathians were my first introduction into the genre of paranormal romance but something has changed. Maybe it’s me? Maybe I’m the one that needs more. But for the life of me I can’t figure out what went wrong. Am I just tired of the Carpathians? (Was it something they said?) These are the questions I began to ask myself when I had a hard time finishing the first chapter of the book. The major issue I see is the problem of stagnation. This series has had problems evolving from it’s original concept. We know that the Carpathians are dying out and that mysterious ‘parasites’ are infecting their women and keeping them from being able to conceive. Other than this problem, after 30ish books, this is the only development that has happened. With such a long-standing series, it has to be incredibly difficult to keep the storyline in motion, one of the biggest downfall’s of most series. Rather than go out with a bang, they fizzle out with little care or consideration of their characters. It’s better to keep the masses wanting more than it is to have utter disinterest and apathy. So this is the quintessential problem. I guess I just don’t want any more.
My Break-up List, The “Cons”
- Characters are often one-dimensional and lack originality.
- Too many damn Carpathian chants.
- If I have to read about a character sending ‘love and affection’ through their life-mate mind link, ONE MORE TIME I’m going to be sick. I have a rather big suspension of disbelief but when I am rolling my eyes at the overly dramatized romantic dialogue something has to be wrong.
I’m sorry Carpathians but it will take a lot of romancing and a proven commitment that you will change before I let you back onto my bookshelf again.
What are your thoughts? Is it just me, am I the only one who has “fallen out of love”.???
P.S. If I see the word life-mate one more time I’m gonna chuck my book against the wall.
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