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Pro-life wrapped in paranormal fantasy inside chick lit.
on August 19, 2011
Okay, I got this for free and was expecting Paranormal Light. I almost gave up on it due to the excruciating details given of how hard being a SAHM is - I know some days suck, I know everyone's kids are monsters sometimes, but hers are absolutely horrible and seem to get daily spankings. Hmmm... maybe you should try something different? But then the plot kicked in and I really thought the story was going well. **SPOILERS AHEAD** Then the heroine needs to steal something from the bad guys, ultimately to save the human race, when some of the other races (weres, elves) think they may not really be worth saving because they kill their own children. Now this could really be a valid philosophical point, the heroine could question whether we should exist when we abuse, abandon, abort, or sometimes even torture, rape and murder children. She could have debated the point with the elf and wolf, they could have presented a viewpoint that, to them, a new life is so important that they imprison their pregnant in padded rooms and force-feed them the healthiest possible food until they give birth, or that of course they don't value the pregnancy more than the pregnant one, so they don't encourage their females to risk their own lives - but no. No discussion - it turns out that all abortions are done for mere convenience. And in case you were wondering who the bad guys are? They are black-magic abortionists. There is no such thing in an abortion clinic as counseling, because the Wiccans (no, not demons, Wiccans are the big bad) who run the place are using the deaths to fuel their black magic. SO IT IS OKAY TO USE A BOMB ON THEM - since life starts being not so sacred once it's out of the womb, I guess. Now, the heroine doesn't think that the bomb is going to kill anyone, and it doesn't, but she is told it is a magic bomb, which will destroy the magic shields around the place, and it never seems to occur to her that her allies might be lying to her and she might be the instrument of more damage than she knows. If the author had the grace to call it a delayed-action spell container, I might not have made the connection, but some Christian terrorists do think it's okay to bomb abortion clinics. Also over-the-top: there's a whole, recognizably human fetus being used as a sacrifice - which means to me that someone had induced labor or a C-section to remove that fetus, which would be a little less than convenient, in my opinion.
I was expecting light entertainment from this book, not graphic preaching. I enjoyed the pace of the story enough to finish reading it, but the author could have earned my respect for her viewpoint if she had explored it through the perspective of various characters. Instead she chose to beat me over the head with graphic, inaccurate, heavy-handed images of abortions. The primary emotions she raised in me by the end of the book were scorn and disgust for her tactics - truly a pity, as she had the potential and talent to do much more.