To Eternity by Daisy Banks

I decided I needed something fresh to read (I’m cleaning out my library by rereading everything I already own), so I took a chance on a free copy of To Eternity by Daisy Banks which is a paranormal romance involving werewolves. I’m sad to say, I didn’t like it, and I couldn’t finish it. The good news is, it just wasn’t my style and not bad writing.

DBanks-To-EternityWild beneath the moon…

For four centuries Magnus has lived according to the dictates of the moon, his heart isolated by the domination of his wolf nature. Now fate has brought the beautiful, independent Sian to his house at Darnwell and their irresistible attraction has exploded into a white-hot passion.

Yet she is not wolf, and the time has come for her to embrace the change. But once she completes the ritual and claims her place next to Magnus, the rivals will appear on the horizon…

The main reason I couldn’t finish this novel is that Ms. Banks writes in a different way than what I’m used to.  Here’s an example, “A craving nagged in his body that had never followed him through to a waning moon’s dawn”. I know what she’s trying to say here – that the guy has never been that lusty after his change from wolf to man but he is now – but the wording gets my brain all scrambled. Which is why I said above, it’s not bad writing, the author has done nothing wrong; I just don’t get her wording because it’s different from what I know, and like. I hate when this happens, because it’s just simple words grouped together differently. LOL! However, I can’t help that I don’t understand her word pairing, just like she can’t help but write the way she does. So please, don’t let my inability to understand her style stop you from giving To Eternity a try!

Because of my ‘confusion’, I had a hard time becoming attached to the characters and the storyline. So I can’t tell you what kind of people Magnus and Sian are, or if they are a good fit. What I can tell you is pretty insignificant like I freaking love the name Sian, and Magnus is so loaded I wish he’d take me shopping. LOL! It makes me sad that I can’t ‘see’ them well enough to give you much more than that.

There are only two, actually negative comments that I have to say about To Eternity. One is that the bad guy was the type I’ve seen so many times that I’m no longer interested or affected by it/him. I skipped right over the few sections containing his POV that I came across. The second one is, Magnus and Sian are extremely sappy and lovey dovey; it was hard to get through. I’m a hopeless romantic but there’s only so much I can take before I get bored with it.  With these two things and me not understanding Ms. Banks writing style, I didn’t make it halfway through before I decided to walk away.

I do hope that you will still give To Eternity a chance, even though it wasn’t a hit for me. Everyone responds differently to writing styles, so you may understand her wording just fine. You may not even find the love story as sappy as I did, who knows? There’s only one way to find out, and that’s opening it up and diving in to the story!

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SAHM of 2, happily married bookworm, blogger and aspiring author. If I could read/write all day, every day, I would. Luckily I have a very understanding, and patient, husband who lets me get away with it as much as possible. Now if only the kids would understand my obsession, and the house would clean itself, then I’d be all set.

4 Comments

  1. I believe you should not publish review of a book that you haven’t read in entirety. You are yourself not sure how the book is because you don’t know the length and breadth of it. Does it make any sense to review an incompletely read book?

    • Actually it makes complete sense. At least to me. Nikki indicated that the writing style wasn’t to her taste. There’s nothing wrong with saying that and she gave examples so people could make up their own mind. Regardless, she didn’t finish reading the novel. If she had, she probably would have given it a negative review because she didn’t enjoy it since she wasn’t connecting with the characters.

      So I have to ask – how is writing a review over a book one hasn’t finished, while still saying others should give it a chance, any different from finishing it and writing a negative review. For a negative review would definitely get published, which should not be a surprised to anyone who has read LE before.

    • What makes more sense, throwing away an apple because you see a wormhole in it, or waiting until you find half a worm?

      It makes no sense to power through a bad book if you can objectively explain why you didn’t like it. If that’s a criteria for you, it might be a criteria for someone else.

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