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"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I realize that I gave this book 4 stars. I loved a lot of things about this book. The characters are interesting. I love the behind the scenes at the hospital. This book grabbed me and pulled me under.
***There may be some minor spoilers****
When it was over I still felt like something was missing. Lou has a crush on Dylan for 10 years. 10 years!!! I just couldn't wrap my head around someone who would pine away for someone for so long and not tell him or at least move on with her own life. And Dylan. Dylan is a total manwhore just tripping through life. He treats Lou pretty badly. Dylan, Grow up and Man up PLEASE. What is it that Lou still sees in him? Explain this to me.
Lou does finally take control of her own life by getting some distance from Dylan. But the book just glosses this over by saying "One year later". I get it that a year has passed and that during that time Lou and Dylan will have made some personal changes. But as a reader I didn't get the sense of any of that happening. You just turn the page and it's a year later and now Dylan has his head on straight. I could've used a little more character development so we could see HOW Dylan had changed and WHY.
So in the end, I still really loved this book. I loved the romance of it. I really like Susie Tate's writing and I loved her first book "Broken Heart Syndrome". But this book needed just a little bit more.
That said, I thought the hero completely self-centered! He only changes a bit when he finally realizes he wants the heroine ... and I have to say if she marries the guy, she's in for more, because people that selfish don't change at heart, they regress once they've got their caregiver locked in with a ring on it.
The heroine? Meet Mary Sue. She's beautiful, an absolute angel to everyone even when they're mean to her, looooves the elderly and small children, who by the way gravitate to her and protect her because she's so wonderful, she works harder than anyone else around her, she goes to deepest Africa to help the down-trodden ... and she evidently does all this in stiletto heels and big hair.
Mummy was physically and mentally abusive to her--dad did nothing. Some of her co-workers are mentally abusive to her--she does nothing, nor does loverboy. In fact, he joins the abuse fest.
I think this author will produce some wonderful work, with her talent and enthusiasm, but this book is just a bit over the top.
Threre are, though a few reasons I did not give this five stars. The main reason was because I felt that character development was lacking. The hero realizes he is in love with heroine but doesn't see her for a year and presumable becomes a better person but we don't really see it happen. The same thing happens with the heroine. She goes to Africa for a year, which is life changing! But we don't read about it. Considering the experiences these two went through, they had to have changed, but we as the reader didn't get to experience it.
Another reason I didn't give it five stars, was I felt like the heroine should have tried to move on. She's been in love with him for ten years and hasn't even tried to go on dates/get over him. I felt like that was either unrealistic or masochistic, not sure what the author was going for. Did I also feel she maybe forgave the hero too easily, yes (I think this is linked to the fact that I needed to see some more growth from the hero to be able to forgive him myself, but I still enjoyed the book). A lot of people considered the heroine a wimp, but I believe that she was kind and really tried to make the best of each situation.
I also had some problems with the hero. He was a manwhore (I hate manwhores) and immature. We did see him make some changes, but like I said earlier, I felt the book would have been a lot better if we had seen more. I also liked how he did keep it in his pants for a year and how he started to shape up once he realized he loved her (and he did suffer, which made me happy, though that too we didn't see much of). Honestly, generally when you read books, the hero is (99.9% of the time) a crazy player with godlike sex powers. He suddenly falls in love at first sight with the heroine and suddenly loses all desire to be a manwhore. Give me a break! I meet those kinds of guys IN REAL LIFE and 9 times out of 10 they cheat on their wives (not like I've ever meet the faithful one but I am giving men the benefit of the doubt). So I liked how Dylan went through a period of celibacy. I just feel like it made him giving up his manwhore ways more realistic.
I will say one thing that annoys me about people (this is not related to the book and is just a rant on my part) is these players who have crazy sex powers and stamina and magical fidelity once they fall in love (despite having sex at least once a day up till now) are not "too perfect for readers" but the heroine, who is apparently too kind, is a wimp and a Mary sue. I just like how often we blindly accept these unrealistic men but so frequently criticism the heroines (and sometimes heroes) for being too kind. I find that so backwards. Granted, you get too unrealistic and you can't enjoy it, but I think we should write heroines and heroes that are trying to be good, not just selfish alpha men and women who are not actually strong but just jaded.
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