A present-day biographer falls in love with Lord Byron, who's being pursued by the monster that cured his epilepsy and granted him eternal life....
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Divine Fire Reviews
I give this between 3 to 4 stars. My personal rating is okay/good. It was interesting to learn about Byron. Found some good quotes in here. This book didn't really stand out to me.
This is one of those library quickpicks, and even then, it’s my mom’s quickpick that she passed on to me. It sounded interesting and since I’m in the midst of reading nonfiction, I was antsy for a quick fiction fix.Good before bad.I definitely can’t fault Melanie’s imagination. Nor her commendable historic research. The previous extent of my knowlege on Lord Byron was limited to his profession: poet. That, and I thought he was gay. Whoops! Apparently, he was just “the British voice of libido.” Back then it was offensive to “admit to and write about human sexuality.” Gasp! Anyway, I learned a great many interesting things about Lord Byron, as well as Ninon de Lenclos, a French woman who was “an amazing liberationist, feminist and philosopher, overlooked by the general public.” (I am getting these quotes from the Author’s Notes.)MJ uses part of a poem in her story that she includes in its entirety at the very end of the book. It is Le Chevalier Sans Paix by C.E.K. (obviously the author wished to remain generally anonymous). I did not have the patience to read the whole thing but the snippet I looked at was very well done, so if you’re a poetry fan, I recommend it. At the very end of the poem were the lines:Il y a chose plus grand que moi ou toi;C’est nous. Et j’usque-là, je peux batailler seulement.Loosely translated this means: There are bigger things than me and you; it’s us. And because of that, I can battle alone. (Please feel free to correct me if your French is better than mine!) I really liked this and so had to include it. :)Negative criticism: This was your average romance novel. Inevitable relationship, inevitable ending. The characters weren’t a huge drawing point, just the history.The synopsis linked Melanie Jackson with Laurell K. Hamilton, who is on my reading list due to recommendations. I haven’t read LH yet but impression was that she is a better author.Conclusion: I am intrigued and so would still read the other related books, but they wouldn’t be priority reading. I may even eventually find time to peruse her multiple other novels.
This book has a lot of elements that worked for me, and a few that didn't. I really liked the literary references and the idea that an historical figure can be immortal. I am even ok with that person falling in love with a contemporary person and I enjoy watching them interact. Where the book loses me is with the one night around which most of the action occurs. First off, it seemed to drag on forever, the unrealistic action sequences, and quite a few romance genre cliches reared their ugly heads. Does it intrigue me enough to read more in this series? Yes. But, really, I'm a sucker for the literary part and want to see what she does with other historical figures. Maybe the plots get better as the series goes on??
Divine Fire is more like 2.5 stars but since that's not an option, I rounded up. I just couldn't get into this book. I don't know if it's because I know too much about Byron's personality to believe the characterization here or what but it just didn't click for me. This is the first in a series and I won't be reading the rest of the series so take that for what it's worth.
This was a DNF for me. I've always found Melanie Jackson to be a hit or miss author for me and this was definitely a miss. I felt like I was reading a history lesson on Byron instead of a paranormal romance. Yes some history is good for context and back story but I felt like I was in school. I gave up at about 25%.
Started off strong! Then, it got convoluted and confusing. Then, I was bored for a while. Then, it was a little excited and then it was over. The premise was interesting, but not a huge fan of all the literary stuff. I despise poetry.