Spoiler: Review of Kresley Cole’s MacRieve
I’m a big fan of Kresley Cole, and always look forward to her next book in this series. The Immortals After Dark series is a fun read, especially when you have the Valkeries involved. The Highlanders are also fun characters to read, until you get to poor Will.
Where to start.
Well, perhaps with the cover. Handsome Highlander staring out at the reader, then a feeling of something’s not right. For some reason, the cover of MacRieve kind of reminds me of the Scooby Doo cartoon episodes with the portraits that have holes for bad guys to peer out. That revealed eye does not match up with the rest of him, and is creepy in a not so good way.
Then there’s the soccer analogy that wears out pretty quickly. I think it’s great Chloe’s a fantastic world class athlete, but even David Beckham doesn’t think football/soccer 24/7. Kind of reminded me of when I was in labor with my first child, and after 16 hours the ob started talking in football terms. I reared up like Linda Blair in the original Exorcist and almost killed him.
Realizing that the book has to have conflict and resolution, I get that Will’s childhood and adulthood are dark and twisted. Then comes Chloe, and he wants her as a mate and a companion in a new life. It’s unicorns, and rainbows and drop dead gorgeous Highlanders, and BOOM! The book tilts over, and we in a ditch wondering what the hell happened.
Chloe loses her powerful personality on and off, Will becomes a moody dangerous teenager filled with angst, and poor Munro’s left to be the grown up. Horny teenagers are not my cup of tea, even when dealing with half of Hot and Hotter.
Several reviewers have compared MacRieve with 50 Shades because of the story arc, and I have to agree. Child Rape, near rape, potential gang rape are never sexy and need to have a purpose to belong in a story other than to create sympathy. I kept thinking that he was far too damaged to have a healthy relationship with anyone without years of counseling and meds. These kinds of issues just don’t resolve themselves with time or intent.
Then there was the medical experimentation issues that mirrored Nazi German concentration camps.
You just don’t get up one day and think “Now I’m going to work really hard and have a normal relationship” without therapy, no matter how many Lore creatures try to set you straight.
At least Christian Grey had a therapist; poor Will just drinks and self medicates, tries to trick Chloe over and over, rinse and repeat.
The last chapters of MacRieve had a hurried feel to them, drawing in a bizarre confrontation with “Daddy”, and the beginning of a new book about Munro. I was left with a “Huh?” feeling at the end of the epilogue. After the “If I boink you/love you, you’ll be happy and well” resolution of Will and Chloe, there seemed to be something I’d missed out on.
If I thought Lothaire and Ellie were annoying, then obviously I hadn’t read MacRieve yet.