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So all the women we have seen so far are weeping and clingy with zero characterization.
It reads like an 80s anime, was written in the middle 90s and.. really hasn't gotten 'good' yet.
Ryu Mitsuse was also responsible for the mess that was Andromeda Stories and you can certainly see the same theme with the whole "seeding the earth" going on. Here it seems to be aliens, in Andromeda Stories it was the Myurat twins.
If Plato/Orionae were a woman, the book wouldn't have been translated and people would be calling her cardboard. While not like an otoge protagonist where the guys are take center stage and she gets to be acted upon, Plato is just... there's nothing there. There is no character. The plot is that Earth was an alien experiment and past and future are overlapping. It's not making any sense either
Then Plato dies because he hears something. But don't worry, he's been brought back to life with TECHNOLOGY.
Then we switch to Siddartha? He wasn't to go to the Brahmaa but Udakka is trying to stop him because well, shit ain't good and Siddartha is a prince and.. what does this have to do with anything?
I really enjoyed this book. The beginning is pretty fast, but I feel it's needed just to get David in the picture.
David, while being the main love interest, is actually a decent guy. He doesn't want to control Laurel, he's there for her when she needs him. He's not over protective. He's both an "alpha male" and not. He's a "true alpha male' in that he cares for Laurel and genuinely wants to be there for her. He's understanding and patient and really feels like a brother. He's not the "fake Alpha Male" often found in many paranormal romance books. You know the ones.
Laurel overall wasn't a protagonist that wanted to make me throw the ereader across the room. She's smart, quick thinking, and has to save David at one point or two. She's never simpering and takes action for herself without the men in her life telling her.
Tamani on the other hand, rubbed me all sorts of wrong way. He's possessive. He wants to make Laurel 'his'. because they had some form of past together, or that she's a faerie. While Tamani was there when it counts, he does pull the "I got hurt for you, so why won't you be mine, uwu." Doesn't fully respect Laurel's choice to stay with David. He however, was never wholly terrible. Just annoying in that possessive way.
Really it'd be best for her to end up with both of them, but I'm siding with David.
Overall the book pacing is on an even keel and focuses a lot on Laurel and her being a fairy. The whole plot is about her trying to save the land that has been in her family for generations.
The romance was not heavy at all and I really appreciated that. They did go over faerie biology, which doesn't make sense from a evolutionary point. However they at least went over it. Which does explain why Laurel doesn't have her period. Lucky.
I'm hoping the future novels will continue to build on this one and not jump the rails.
While light on the faerie stuff this book, it's a good read for people that don't want to be confused about the Seelie and Unseelie court and tons of fae folk being name dropped. It's nice and light and might delve into that bit later.
Wow a moment in a book the author can "show just how evil the bad guy is" and... doesn't take it. Really refreshing to see. We get to see how evil the big bad is in other, better ways.
Also David is still turning out to be OK. Our hero is also being smart. Though she has got that whole "I just can't kill anything" going on. It wasn't produced as inanely as I've seen it before and she does hit the guy.
Blue eyes and olive skin that make him...exotic!
And of course she has to have naturally straight teeth. I can see where this book is headed already.
And the MC is vegan. This is going to be F U N
Can vegans drink sprite?
A perfect white girl, just like me and not like all those other girls.
I find it interesting in anime at least that most of the male characters are "average school kid" where girls have to have something special about them. Like they can see ghosts and such. I think it's the same kind of trend I see here where the girls have to be "not like other girls" where the boys get to be average and win everything.
So it seems she's not vegan by choice and that she might have some kind of agoraphobia.
She also doesn't have a period either. I mean it's because she's a "special baby" from another world, but c'mon. Let her suffer like the rest of us. Then agian if this is escapist fantasy I suppose not having a period is part of that. That being said, she should probably lay eggs or have a pouch.
She also seems to be into "David" our exotic guy so that's a plus. However writing numbers down on your palm is a bad idea. You sweat and those numbers will smear.
This is a pretty awesome mystery book as Emily the MC isn't a fainting violet and actually has agency in this romance/mystery. HOWever, the one she falls for isn't George the flesh and blood human, but Jacob. I hate Jacob and I really wish Emily wasn't in love with him.
You see, Jacob is tall dark and growly type of man. He's DANGEROUS more than once he's threatened Emily by hitting things and doing that arm against the wall corralling thing men do to control women. He even wanted to see her dead on many occasions just so they could be together forever in death. So, of course he's the main love interest. I just wanted to toss my ereader across the room.
I preferred George. He's the weak type that wears glasses. Someone to protect. He's the opposite of Jacob and because he's weak... Emily doesn't want him. I really wish I could find a romance where it's the woman protecting the man and stuff. That was not in this book however.