- File Size: 773 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc; Black Rose 1st edition (October 26, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 26, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G8GAFZK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #910,609 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'll be fair and say the actual writing isn't bad and the dialogue is readable. It's not the hot mess some indie/SP books I've read are. But it REALLY needed and editor that would have encouraged the author to cut about a third of it out, tighten it up a lot, and solidify the characters to match the tone of the book. Because the book is too long, too many of its pages are dedicated to unimportant, non-plot relevant events and the characters, who are supposed to be badassed act like children. They play charades, dress up for Halloween and giggle a lot. This created a jarring and unpleasant collision of innocent child-like scenes followed by rape scenes, which I assume were the author's attempt to be gritty and edgy. (It wasn't.)
And I'd like to address these rape scenes, which if I'm fair, were more like rape references. But for the point I'm making is same-same. I have no problem encountering rape in a book if it serves a purpose in the plot. But I have found in many, many books that authors use rape as a shortcut to clumsily telegraph to the reader, "This character is exceptionally bad." This offends me both as a woman who is just tired of having rape thrown in such a high proportion of romance/erotic novels but also as a reader who is just tired of encountering the same writing over and over and over again.
I promise there are millions of other ways for men to be bad men. At this point in my reading career, when I encounter the sort of rape used here in this book, I interpret it as a sign that an author has been lazy and refused to think any farther than, "Here's a trope that you will effortlessly recognize and know what it means." Telling your reader you are lazy is not a good thing.
This is especially true in Alpha Mine, because the rapes contributed NOTHING to the plot. The character committing them was a minor side character, a minion. Establishing his evilness was beside the point. In fact, it countered the point, as it caused him to overshadow the true villain. He was later disposed of in an offhand manner, further establishing him as an unimportant character in the book. Thus, further emphasizing that his need to be established as evil was unimportant and therefore his raping of at least two women unneeded in the book.
Thus, to make my point clear, the author included two raped woman for absolutely no reason at all. Worse than that, for a reason that served to make the book even weaker than it already was. While rape is just one more thing that could show up in a book, much like murder or milkshakes or mad cows, it is extremely overused and should be considered before being included in a story. Sparks has just spectacularly demonstrated why.
So, I was put off on several fronts by this book. The plot was too loose, the characters undeveloped and shallow, the tone contradictory, the female nothing more than an object that spurs the men to action, and inordinate amount of time was dedicated to what sleazy outfit she was wearing and how men reacted to her in it, there was magic sex that fixed a problem that the effort of five people couldn't solve, the conclusion was anticlimactic and the whole thing was too long in general. This book has many good reviews. People like it. I'm just not one of them.
As for the storyline, it was nicely woven and all the plots tied in very well. There were excitement and twists that kept me guessing as I turned the pages. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have become a fan of the series. I'd recommend this book to all readers and I know I will be looking for more stories from this author.
Two of my favorite scenes: A slightly different than normal blood exchange in the Red Rock Canyon. I'm not going to say anymore but trust me, this scene is delicious.
The battle at Stephan's house that has dire consequences. I don't want to spoil this one either, but it's a heart-pounding action sequence.
Ms. Sparks has a nice start to her Alpha Council Chronicles. I look forward to the next one!
First and foremost, this is a solid vampire novel with plenty of action as two groups of vampires are at loggerheads over how humans should be viewed and treated.
Interspersed with this is a love story that not only steams up the pages but will make you go, "Awwwwww!" as you read about the head vampire, Stephan, wooing his heartmate.
Last but not least is the cast of characters and Brenda Sparks shines as she creates unique personalities for each. Most notable are the three main characters - Marcus is a flippant jokester though loyal to the end; Stephan is the no-nonsense, level-headed, battle-ready Alpha vampire but peel away the gruff exterior and there is a layer of tenderness and love just waiting to be found; and Kat, the object of Stephan's desire, a strong woman able to keep the Alpha in check.
In all, it was a great book and has me wanting more from the Alpha Council Chronicles!