Friday, December 30, 2011

Review: Fearless

Reviewed by Jen
This was a book with potential, but it didn't quite hit the mark for me. I liked the premise: An Irish chieftain falls in love with a woman who is part-Fae, when she saves his life on the battlefield. Brynna nurses Kieran back to health, then sends him back to his people, minus his memory of their time together. But even her magic cannot erase her completely from his mind or his heart. He makes his way back to her and the two of them must face one obstacle after another as they try to find happiness.

It sounds pretty good. But I had several problems in the execution. My first issue came early on, as Brynna and Kieran fall in love. I didn't see it happen. The author tells us instead of shows us. The initial relationship lasts only about 30 pages, yet it is the foundation that the whole book is based on.  I didn't feel it at all. Much of the book proceeds in similar fashion, time flies by... major events are glossed over. In particular, when one character is raped, it's not given the emotional resonance it deserves. The victim gets right over it; there is no repercussion for the party responsible. This sat very wrong with me. Later on, one of the main villains of the piece makes a complete turnaround, with very little leading up to it.  It was just wrong, wrong, wrong.

It wasn't all bad. Kieran and Brynna are both likable as characters. They both had loyalty and strength. And like I said, I thought the premise was good. But there were just too many things that didn't work here. 2 1/2 stars.

*ARC Provide by NetGalley

Click to purchase: Amazon
by Ella Jameson
Release Date: December 12, 2011
Publisher: TKA Distribution

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