Friday, October 24, 2014

Queen of Swords (Sanctify, #1) by Katee Robert ~ Review

Source:  Received eBook in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Queen of Swords (Sanctify, #1) by Katee Robert

When the cards tell Ophelia Leoni she's supposed to marry the Prince of Hansarda, the gunrunner grits her teeth and boards the starship that comes for her. It doesn't matter if the ship's commander is the gorgeous stranger she just spent a wild, drunken night with. As a Diviner, she’s painfully aware the cards don't lie. Ever.

Boone O’Keirna knows Ophelia is trouble the second he sees the way she moves. Not about to let the deadly little hellcat marry his sadistic half-brother, Boone pretends to be the Prince’s emissary and kidnaps Ophelia. Too bad they can’t be in the same room without him wanting to throw her out an airlock–or into bed.

Even as they fight each other–and their explosive attraction–Ophelia and Boone sense something is wrong. Too much is going their way. Soon, they realize while the cards may never lie, the truth is sometimes hidden between them...and the future king of Hansarda is not one to take defeat lying down.


Characters.  I didn't like them.  Both have strong personalities and I could probably be okay with them apart from each other.  But, frankly, I didn't like how they treated each other.  I didn't like how they didn't talk to each other.  I didn't like  how one night of sex that Ophelia doesn't remember has them both acting all jealous and in love.  I don't get why Boone is so determined to have Ophelia trust him when he kidnapped her.  Why should she?  But I actually think she does.  She's just in denial.  That, too, didn't make sense to me.

Story.  I didn't get it.  The world is confusing.  I don't get the different aliens because it's never really explained.  I think they're some racism theme going on since the Diviners look human with the their added gift of seeing.  But instead of it being racism, it was an alien thing.  The story could have easily been done without space being involved but it was thrown in somehow.   I had been excited to read a SciFi.  It's been a while and I really do love that genre.  But I have to admit to seeing some Star Trek and Star Wars in this story and not in a good way.  It felt like the story leaned on those stories for world building instead of doing some itself.  Sad.  And the whole nauseous thing?  I saw that coming from the first barf fest.

Writing.  I've read this author before.  It was a contemporary romance and I adored it.  That experience was why I agreed to read this one.  And while her writing style is fine, I just didn't enjoy this one.  I can't recommend it.  But others felt differently.  Check out below for some different opinions.

About the Author...

Katee Robert learned to tell stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her favorites then were the rather epic adventures of The Three Bears, but at age twelve she discovered romance novels and never looked back.

Though she dabbled in writing, life got in the way—as it often does—and she spent a few years traveling, living in both Philadelphia and Germany. In between traveling and raising her two wee ones, she had the crazy idea that she’d like to write a book and try to get published.

Her first novel was an epic fantasy that, God willing, will never see the light of day. From there, she dabbled in YA and horror, before finally finding speculative romance. Because, really, who wouldn’t want to write entire books about the smoking-hot relationships between two people?

She now spends her time—when not lost in Far Reach worlds—playing imaginary games with her wee ones, writing, ogling men, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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