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Turbulent Sea (Drake Sisters, Book 6) Mass Market Paperback – July 29, 2008
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Joley is one messed up chick (like all Feehan's heroines), she's got power, a strong moral code, and thinks about others WAY before she starts thinking about herself. But of course she doesn't see any of this. She sees a rocker chick who once upon a time for like five minutes gave in to the seduction of being a super star and has come to the conclusion if anyone could see the "real" her they couldn't possibly love her (not even her sisters).
Yeah the girl is the emo one in this story. Before you roll your eyes and take a pass, you have to check out Ilya...
Ilya is one smokin' hot man-witch... warlock?... super-assassin?... whatever you want to call him, he's powerful, he's hot, and he's totally in love with Joley from page 1. They first met in book 3? or 4? and Feehan enjoyed dangling him in front of me like a snickers bar...
So yeah, back to the review. Ilya lived up to my expectations, which were pretty high so yay for him! We get explanations for his powers and the mark Joley has on her hand that even a monkey could have predicted but it was still satisfying. The chemistry between the two of them was great! But watching them FINALLY get together was like watching a tennis match where the players randomly leave the court only to return five minutes later ready to WIN just as the other player decides to leave! One minute he wants her, then when she wants him he doesn't want her, vice versa, etc, etc, ad nauseum.
Even through the push-pull, make up your freakin' minds already, craziness I still wanted to see what happened next. In my opinion, Feehan had provided so much back story in the previous installments she was left with a conflict already having been established and decided to beat it like a dead horse instead of coming up with something new. But by the time they start working together it was standing ovation worthy and I was one happy reader.
The back story was actually really good and included a few surprises I was VERY happy with. Nikitin's (you know the Russian mob dude who got all stalker-happy on Joley in the previous books?) obsession with Joley is explained in a way I didn't see coming and the end... well you just have to read it to believe it. I was expecting that explanation to be the typical "see he's this way so that's why he's villain!" and was all set to be offended but Feehan turned it around and I really felt for him by the end of the book.
We see into the lives of Joley's band. They aren't always likable, they aren't all punks, they are real and I was just as interested to see how they cleaned up their lives as I was to see if Ilya would finally get into Joley's pants. (Don't worry he does! And it's hot!!)
One last thing (I promise!) I felt a few of the previous books were bogged down by the inclusion of ALL those sisters (and their men too!). That's a lot of strong willed opinionated powerful (and yet strangely unsure, doubting themselves, super vulnerable chicks) to have to put up with. So never fear, they are in the book BUT they only show up near the end when it actually makes sense in the storyline for them to actually be there!
Overall a very enjoyable read and I am really looking forward to the next and last book.
I love Ilya, and after understanding his childhood and backstory, I can understand his trust issues...but I still don't understand the full angst, trust and "dark needs" that Joley felt so strongly did not allow for her to be loved and always separated her from being her "true self" with her sisters and everyone else around her.
Without any real explanation in her background for this, it felt like a plot contrivance to keep her from reaching out. In fact, Ilya was more inclined to reach through her silly barriers than she was each time they interacted. Addtionally, access to her from random/crazy/bad people and the amount of times she was in danger was ridiculous.
On the other hand, the musical subplot and mystical use of rhythm and chords was expertly done. For a non-musical person like me, I still fully understood it and felt the connection between the two completely and utterly. That kind of writing is impressive to me. Between that and the subplot with Brian and Nikitin, that saved the book despite the heroine's eye-rolling self esteem issues.