Title: Kick the Candle Series: Knight Games #2
Publisher: Carpe Luna Publishing
Release Date: September 9, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Also by this author: The Ghost and The Graveyard, Queen of the Hill, Mother May I
*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
Jen’s Review of KICK THE CANDLE
After reading the first book in this series, I was hopeful that Grateful would learn how to be independent without a man. When she tells off Rick near the beginning of the book, I was jumping for joy–probably not the reaction the author intended. Grateful asked all the right questions and said, “I wish I’d never met you.” I couldn’t have been happier!
Then, sadly, Grateful basically dismisses all of her doubts, and goes back to being needy and gullible. Even though the author brought a twist into the story that made Rick more of the victim than the villain, she never really gave answers for the questions Grateful had at the beginning. There was sort of an explanation near the end of the book, but it didn’t really explain a lot in my eyes. It just seemed like a justification for Grateful to overlook her doubts.
When Grateful’s father says that everything with her has to involve a man, he was so right. Grateful doesn’t know how to be without a man, which is the main reason I objected so strongly to her being with Rick.
Plus, even when it appears she has a choice whether to love him, she really doesn’t have a choice because their powers and his very life depends on her loving him. Talk about coercion! Grateful does love Rick, but it still seems forced to me. She loves him for the wrong reasons. These are some of her reasons:
1. She loved him before in past lives
2. She gave him part of her soul
3. He takes good care of her
4. He’ll die if she doesn’t
5. His sex and blood feeds her powers
I don’t agree with loving and marrying someone for any of those reasons. So, when she proclaimed her love, I wanted to throw up. Again, that’s not probably the reaction the author was going for. I know, however, that a lot of people like these kinds of love stories. So, I can’t say, “don’t read this,” on the basis of that alone, especially since the story does have positives. I’ll get to those in a second, but I have to mention first that this book also contained three of my pet peeves:
1. The sword has a name and is referred to as “she”
2. The author uses the word “sex” to name a body part. Any word, even a foul one, would have been better than that.
3. Pre-determined love. What’s the point of all this arguing and doubting if you’re going to have to love this person anyway?
Now, onto the positives. The pacing is excellent. There is a lot of action and danger, which keep me reading this series.
Also, there is good atmosphere, especially in the creepy parts.
Another positive is that the author doesn’t drop any threads. Everything gets worked back into the story at some point.
I also don’t have any complaints about the writing. If Genevieve Jack wrote a different series with characters who meet one another for the first time, get to know one another, and fall in love for the right reasons, or if she wrote a series without romance, I would definitely read it.
Even though I was disappointed with how Grateful handled her love life, I can’t say that the book is bad. It really boils down to personal preference in the type of stories a person likes to read. If you like books where the characters have an epic love that spans lifetimes, then you will probably like the Knight Games series. You would have to also like books where the characters’ powers are dependent upon sex and blood. This wasn’t really a book for me, but I think there are readers who would love it.
I’m still going to read the next two books in the series. I have started book three, and I have resigned myself to the fact that I can’t do anything about Grateful’s relationship with Rick. I have to accept it. I’m hoping that if I’m not so hung up on the wrongness of them being together, I’ll enjoy the story more. I’ll let you know soon, when I finish book three.