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Gift of the Goddess Paperback – July 3, 2007
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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My biggest criticism was the book SCREAMED for an editor w/a red pen he/she wasn't afraid to use! @ 300+ plus pages, the story ran 50-100 pages too long. The same story could have held my attention better & been just as powerful.....if cut by a 1/3; authors need to learn longer isn't necessarily better. Repeating the same sexual episodes over & over or describing the surroundings/body/food/ animals often distracts from the soul of the story. So...... it's worth your reading effort, but you may want/need to skim over some of the "okay, read that before" areas.
The new ‘earth’ is set very far into the future. Nothing is the same so expect some world building that’s actually pretty good. I’m not sure how the world is divided but it seems religion based and the people serve either - Mother’s Hearth or Lufra, Goddess of Love. The non-humans, Hssrda, are some weird hybrid animal/human concoction that wants to either eat or enslave everyone, including their own. All that sounds pretty interesting so far doesn’t it – this whole other world that’s being built just for our entertainment. I was so disappointed. I got so tired of two words that kept getting mentioned throughout – Mother x 200 and Lufra x 196. Damn near every sentence of dialogue had either of these words.
For as long as this story was, there wasn’t a lot of story. Dear reader, would you like to know what there was a lot of? Sex I tell ya, lots and lots of sex. Sex was had between Trey and Anje during the time they should have been rescuing Brin. Let me back track a little and tell you that Brin is a shaman for Lufra. Trey, the younger of the two, is his apprentice. Their camp is discovered by Anje who’s a scout for Mother’s Hearth and whose assignment is to go out and track the Hssrda. After she discovers Brin and Trey’s camp they take her captive. Very soon after, Brin and Trey are sexing it up with Anje. The only thing is that Anje doesn’t really see this going in anywhere until she’s involuntarily bonded by Brin.
Even with her duties looming over her head, Anje can’t resist the charms that Brin and Trey offer. Thank goodness that her scouting mission wasn’t really serious – I say that with a plethora of sarcasm because I do think that her people were depending on her recon work. But I digress.
Anje is from the land where women are the leaders and heads of households, so for her to be bonded to any man is terrifyingly to the point where she just goes a little bat shit crazy (that includes hurting herself). I would have believed her more if she told the guys that she didn’t want to have sex and stuck by her word. I think that might have endeared her to me a tad bit. What I did like about her was that she treated Trey differently than she did Trey in that she didn’t find fault with Trey for Brin’s doings. Then there’s Trey, the prince, who was the only one who provided some levity and relief from the intensity of Brin.
From a humble background, Brin has been the strongest and most powerful of Lufra’s shamans. His intentions were good, but his method was bad – you can’t go kidnapping people and think they’re going to be okay with that. His affection for Trey was there even though he continued to deny himself. Brin never denied Trey because Trey never asked so it’s hard for me to throw blame either direction; and Trey and Brin’s love for each wasn’t acted on until Anje pushed the envelope.
So like I said, it wasn’t until the last 50 pages when I started seeing a non-sexed up plot and liking this story but by then for me it was too late.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Ok, moving on from that...
This new world that I was dropped into was pretty awesome. The descriptions where short, sweet, to the point and oh so vivid. I have an overactive imagination so when some authors go on describing something paragraph after paragraph after paragraph...I get beyond bored and irritated and end up skipping pages at a time. I found that this story flowed beautifully and there were no unnecessary descriptions to keep the story going or fill up extra pages. I loved each character in the story. They each had their own traits that made them irresistible.
My only complaint...is when they finally got Anje back to their town and the whole ceremony happened, I didn't quite follow what was happening. I might have just been reading too fast to catch it all but it seemed forced and went by to fast. There was this big build up for the whole ceremony and it was over almost as fast as it started...but that really didn't kill anything for me. I still loved the story and will be telling anyone who will listen all about it.
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