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Fire and Ice by C.S. Wolfe

October 12th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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This book was provided by the author for review.

I give this book a 2.5 out of 5 stars

Description from Amazon.com: While painting a mural in his building, Carmen meets Adrian. He is gorgeous, wealthy, and intrigued by Carmen who is different from any woman he has ever known. He recognizes that it is the human side of Carmen that attracts him; he feels young and alive again. Carmen can’t help loving Adrian, though she is frightened of his darker side. He is second in command of the largest, most powerful secret vampire society ever. As Carmen reluctantly immerses herself into Adrian’s world, she discovers she has abilities supposedly impossible for a human. She is told of the prophecies about the coming of vampire slayers, and the council is left trying to decide whether Carmen’s abilities make her a friend or a foe. Should they welcome her or destroy her before it is too late? In the end, will Carmen defeat them all, die trying, or will she finally embrace Adrian’s world to become the heroine? (Sci-fi, Suspense thriller suitable for age thirteen & above w/mild romance and horror elements)

I had a really hard time debating what rating to give this book because I found the writing choppy and I really disliked the behaviors of the characters I kept reading and actually got through this book pretty quickly.  So I feel bad giving it such a low rating.  The main reason I did so was while I could get past the writing style there were many parts of the plot where I was telling myself “Come on.  Really?  Why do you believe that or why did you do that?”

I started off liking Carmen but by the end of the book even though she is supposed to be this strong character I thought as a fighter yes but other than that no.  She constantly gives in and blames herself when she makes Adrian mad even when he is obviously in the wrong. I wanted her to grow a spine.  Oh you guys were going to kill me?  Don’t worry about it.  All water under the bridge.  Really?  You forgive them that easily?

Again I liked Adrian a the beginning but as the story went on I kept thinking if he really loved Carmen he would have more faith in her.  It seemed that with even the slightest provocation he immediately doubted her, berated her and would grow angry with her.  Then she would just lap it up and forgive him.  I can see him ignoring her opinions once but once she proved she knew what she was talking about I thought he should have taken her future instincts a little more seriously.

The other thing that bugged me was everything was just too easy and fell neatly into place.  There were quite a few cliches and the plot was pretty predictable.  I am also surprised that the Amazon description says this is for those 13 and older.  I really think it was targeted more for an older audience.

One thing I did like was the reasoning behind why vampires don’t normally go out in the sun light. For a second I thought it was going to be because they sparkled and decided if that was the case I would put the book down. But it was something else that really made sense.

Wow, after rereading what I wrote I feel really bad but this is honestly how I feel.  To be fair I did see some really positive, 5 star, reviews for this book on Amazon so it might just not have been my cup of tea.

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Romance

3 Responses

  1. L. Diane Wolfe

    Hey, another Wolfe author! Not too many of us out there. And no, I’m not related to Tom Wolfe…

  2. J. Kaye

    I find believability to be so important in a book, even one that has vamps and weres.

  3. dsuzuki

    Yes, for me either it needs to be believable or just in a fantasy world where you are expected to have unbelievable things. The characters behavior towards each other just seemed so wrong for two people supposedly in love with each other.

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