Wednesday, April 4, 2012

All In Time by Ciana Stone

Sara's life is filled with mysteries. Why did her parents abandon her as a baby? What's behind the baffling blackouts she suffers and the frightening images she creates while she's out? Who is the strange woman claiming to hold the answers - and why does she keep calling Sara a Hussy?

Morgan's got a few mysteries of his own. What was his father going to give him on the day he died, the gift he said would change Morgan's life? Who is this bewitching woman who keeps passing out and creating pictures of his past and future - and why was she sent to save his life?

All they both know from the moment they meet is that the bond between them is stronger and more passionate than anything either has ever known. And that fate has brought them together for a very important reason.

If only they knew what it was...

I can't really say much about this book other than it was OK. The author had a decent premise going about an immortal woman, Danu, who finds and trains women who have the power to save a man who is destined to do something that will change the world, presumably for the better. As a premise for a modern-day, real-world fantasy series, it has promise. But the execution of it leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion, starting with the name given to these women: The Hussy Warriors. Yes, it's explained that the term "hussy" is being used in an ancient connotation where it denoted a strong woman who was the leader of her household and who fought to protect those she loved and all that, but the explanation simply can't outweigh the current connotations the word has, and so calling them Hussy Warriors just sounds super-cheesy I think, and makes it sound too much like they're just going to be a bunch of nymphos that "save" their men by giving them all the sex they want or something.

Sara, one of the Hussy warriors Danu has trained, is actually a pretty down to earth, believable sort of character, as is Morgan, the man she's destined to save so he can achieve his purpose in life. But their lives are bound together by so many convenient coincidences that their story becomes a little too hokey for my tastes, with things working out for them just a little too easily with an all too convenient Deus ex Machina type plot device being used to make a dire situation all come out OK so they can all live happily ever after. Maybe some of it was from the author having to rush things too much to keep the story within some sort of word limit, but the overall effect is a story that's just too superficial and that misses living up to its potential.

While this certainly isn't the worst book I've ever read, partly because it does have some interesting main characters that keep the story from being completely cheesy fluff, I can't really say that I'd recommend it to anyone. There are likely many other books out there with a similar sort of concept to them that are done much better than this one.

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