Tuesday, November 13, 2007

'Upon the Midnight Clear' by Sherrilyn Kenyon


ISBN: 0312947054
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 288pp
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pub. Date: October 2007
Price: $6.99

Upon the Midnight Clear is the first novel I’ve read of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dream-Hunter series. I have to admit that I was expecting something a bit more and reading the reviews on Amazon I’m not the only one. I had really been looking forward to this one too, thanks to the hunky guy on the cover.

Aiden is a famous Hollywood actor who has had his faith in humanity ripped to shreds. Kenyon drops all kinds of references throughout the novel, including one to the movie 300, which gets a little tiring after awhile. Aiden has a psycho brother, Donnie, who has let his jealousy turn him into a monster bent on destroying everything Aiden has worked so hard to gain.

Leta is a dream goddess who has battled the god of Pain in the past and has suffered great losses. Leta, better than anyone, understands the pain that others inflict on those they love. But stripped of all emotion she refuses to concentrate on anything but revenge for past wounds.

When Donnie summons the god of Pain to kill Aiden, Leta steps in. Determined that no more innocents will be harmed and thirsty for revenge she plans to sacrifice herself if she must. What she doesn’t count on are the feelings that arise for Aiden. Broken and bitter Aiden is determined not to let Leta affect him but the more he is around her the more he can’t help but hope that not everyone hurts those they love.

I was expecting something with a bit more grit and what I got was a Christmas romance dressed up with Greek Gods. Not only did I get this sappy, makes you grimace while you read story, but I got the sappy cookie-cutter happy ending as well. Mind if I ruin it for you? Sure you don’t. They get married and have a baby. Gasp! Socking, I know.

Upon the Midnight Clear wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t what I had expected. Sherrilyn Kenyon is still one of my favorite romance authors and I will continue to read her stories, I have Dark Side of the Moon in my to-be-read stack right now and I can’t wait to get to it. Just when you pick this one up expect a light hearted read that will only take a few hours tops.

10 comments:

T.C. said...

How cool! The other day, I got her Devil May Cry the other day. I wanted to get it on audio (just something I wanted to try out), but it was a bit expensive. :)

Katie said...

Have you started it yet? You will have to tell me how it is. I won't get to it for awhile. I'm working my way through all the Harry Potter's on audiobook right now but maybe next time I'll pick up some of hers on audio... maybe the library has those! OOO that would be better than spending too much cash on them.

Katie said...

Have you started it yet? You will have to tell me how it is. I won't get to it for awhile. I'm working my way through all the Harry Potter's on audiobook right now but maybe next time I'll pick up some of hers on audio... maybe the library has those! OOO that would be better than spending too much cash on them.

T.C. said...

Not yet. I'm reading through a ghost book right now. I think I might start on it soon, though. Oh, the library! I hadn't even thought about that! I might try that myself. Surely either my college library or the public library has audio stuff. :)

J. Kaye Oldner said...

I love your blog! I stumbled across it from another book blog.

Katie said...

Thank you!!! That's always nice to hear :)

Kimberly Swan said...

I think I only read the first book or two and then the short stories in a few anthologies. Do you think you'd go back and read them all?

Katie said...

I think so. I like them well enough and I like that she uses Greek Gods, it adds a bit more to the story.

Sheila said...

it really is disappointing when you think a story is going to be one way and it turns out kinda generic. Luckily there was the hunky cover guy! haha Right now I'm reading a book about true ghost hauntings. I don't know how true they are but this is what the people are reporting. Some of the stories are really interesting while there are a couple and put me to sleep. Miss you so much honey! I'll have to catch up on your posts and see what you've been reading!!

Katie said...

Shelia!!! You're alive! How are you? I haven't heard from you in ages. Thought you might have dropped off the planet. Hope things are going well! :) Gosh it's good to hear from you! :)

Reading ghost stories, huh? T.C. is too. She's got a review you might want to check out, might even be about the same book.

Oh and the hunky guy is so worth it! :)