“A great read with some witches, werewoves & fey thrown in. The main characters are
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“Like the first book in the series, I really liked the plot of it. The romantic tension grew by each page along with new conflicts popping around every corner. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next. Although I really enjoyed it as a story it did have a negative qualities...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Like the first book in the series, I really liked the plot of it. The romantic tension grew by each page along with new conflicts popping around every corner. I was on the edge of my seat, waiting to see what happened next. Although I really enjoyed it as a story it did have a negative qualities that I didn't like.
One of the aspects that i didn't like was again how much it jumped around. One minute their in Hawaii the next their who knows where. Another problem i had was it kept switching point of view. Jack starts telling something from his view then the next thing you know it is Valerie telling it and then it switches again to Lucas talking. This just added a lot of confusion to the plot. Other than that it was an okay story all together. ”
“I loved it untill the ending which was so messed up. It ended with a cliffhanger which is a good and a bad thing. I will read the last one when I find the time, but I'm not that excited like I was for this one. But I'm wondering who will Valerie choose and how will it entangle so, who knows?”Tamara wrote this review Saturday, September 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I LOVED the first book in this series. The story was great, the characters were interesting, and the ending was epic. I liked this entry, but I didn't love it (really more of a 3.5 star rating).Also, this is mildly SPOILERISH. Like a few other reviewers, I think my main issue is with Valerie. I don't get her motivations for her actions...I understand her misgivings, her trust issues, even her nostalgic feelings. None of that really explains her actions. They did read as organic for me, very few things she did were done with any type of actually reflection..I just didn't connect with her as much this time around. Jack, I like that he had more depth, but I'm not crazy about the direction he is headed in & not for obvious reasons (I didn't feel like he & Val were ever really MEANT for each other). Despite the misgivings of the heart, what really upset me was the concept of family these people have (meaning the things that go on between Val & Jack, aside from the romantic aspect don't match what they are saying, even in monologue about how they feel for each other as family). And Lucas, poor Lucas. Damned if you do, damned if you don't I guess. I'll also admit to be vehemently team Lucas (I'm usually on the vampire side of things-at least for the romantic lead.) This brings us to the new player in town, Cer-King of the Fey. I really like the history of the Others in this Universe, so I was glad to get to meet him & see his side but why Val (at first) would trust as much as she did is beyond me. Everyone knows fairies are not to be trusted! I enjoyed the ending, which was very similar to the first book in how the reader will feel about it & if this goes beyond a trilogy that might get annoying..But for now I am eagerly awaiting the next installment. If you like the 1st one read this. Not nearly as good as the first as it is the second installment it is just a continuation of the story, sort of a filler episode where some necessary narrative things have to happen to get us to the pay-off. The story telling is dynamic, I have no doubts the next book will fulfilling.”Kristin D wrote this review Wednesday, June 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great read with some witches, werewoves & fey thrown in. The main characters are
never content, so you never know which way the story will go. As usual this book ends with a cliffhanger - so we must wait until the 3rd book Love is mortal comes out.”
“You know what? This book left me speechless! I could not think of a word to describe it accurately. So I left it a while, and came back to write this review.
I asked myself: Is it awesome? Yeah sure. Is it brilliant? Without a doubt. Is it breath-taking? Definitely! Is it captivating? Entirely. I could not stop devouring the words on the page.
The thing is, it was all of these things and more. I cannot think of enough words to describe LOVE IS FEAR.
This book is the sequel to LOVE IS DARKNESS (yes I have also reviewed and loved that one!). It is not a YA book. It isn't even entirely Adult Fiction. I also believe it is part erotica. It certainly has some beautifully written sex scenes in it. Not the most explicit, but what you conjure up in your imagination upon reading these words is mindblowing!
Upon finishing reading LOVE IS DARKNESS (Valerie Dearborn #1), I was absolutely dying to read LOVE IS FEAR. I felt so compelled by Caroline Hanson's words, I was absolutely chomping at the bit for the next installment. Well, I finally got to read it, and I can definitely say, the only bad thing about this book was the fact it had to end.
How to describe this book? I'm not sure I can do that accurately, but I will try.
I already said that is isn't YA Fiction. That's the truth of it. So I shouldn't compare it to anything YA, yet I feel one comparison is a must.
If you strip back your typical YA book to the very bones of it, you will usually discover that is is basically a love story. The meat of the story is what makes them unique. The way the author weaves their words to create their world, so that you as the reader enjoy their book for what it is. Whether the genre is Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural or what have you, the base is in romance.. They want you to fall in love with their characters. They put them through trials and tribulations, yet in the end, the good guy wins the heart of the heroine (as well as the reader). I mean no disrespect in this, I love a good YA book to settle into.
It's just that the same simply cannot be said for LOVE IS FEAR. If you were to strip this book back to it's bones, you would find a story made up of lust, love, loss, greed, fear, jealousy, betrayal, compulsion, and I mean these feelings as primal instincts.
Yes, there is a good guy, a bad guy, a heroine, a rival, and of course the bad guys that they all want to get away from. But at it's very heart, this book is unlike anything you have ever read before.
I actually hasten to give any details about the story itself, as I fear I would give it away. I don't want to ruin your enjoyment of it based upon my review.
I want you to go in with your eyes wide open, though you will never see what's coming. Just when you think you have it sussed, Caroline adds twists and turns that you just don't see coming. She puts Valerie, Jack, Lucas and Rachel through such trials and tribulations, testing their boundaries and pushing them to breaking point.
LOVE IS FEAR is a beautifully written, gritty, compelling story. I said in my review of LOVE IS DARKNESS that it had the makings of a bestseller, and Caroline of a best-selling author. Well if I thought that before, I am now 110% sure in my conviction.
The passion Caroline has so obviously written this story with will set your heart and soul on fire. At one point, I was not sure if I was routing for the good guy, the bad guy or both. All I know is, what I expected of the story was blown out of the water. It far surpassed my expectations of it, and let me tell you my expectations weren't limited.
I truly believe that an author like Caroline and a story such as this are set to take the literary world by storm. If it doesn't, then I guess I will be left shell-shocked and will probably reassess everyting I feel about reading. I cannot even start to do this book justice in my review, but if I can embibe even part of the passion I feel of it onto at least 1 reader, then I have done what I can.
I'm sorry if you were looking for a review with a summary of the story and saying yes I really liked this book. I feel if I tried to sum it up, I wouldn't do it without giving too much of the game away. I really, truly believe that you need to discover it for yourself.
So, go buy LOVE IS FEAR. If you haven't already done so, buy LOVE IS DARKNESS too, and settle in for a tumultuous ride. It is one hell of a roller-coaster, and I for one am desperate for the 3rd installment. If book 3 lives up to it's predecessors, it too will be the ride of a lifetime. One you never want to get off.”