And he has had enough ' action ' for one book. What can I say? No ones perfect, sure. But I love my main ' Guy Character ' to have a good head on his shoulders. He was cute - sure. He was caring - sometimes. I feel like in each book she had to keep ' proving ' herself to him constantly; when I would've loved to see him prove himself to her once.
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NOT BY him saving her life as proof. Firefighters and Police can do that shit! Doesn't mean that their trying to prove their love to ya! I really missed not hearing about Soren in this book. He was the only reason I could get through some scenes in the last one. View all 4 comments. Aug 14, Sam marked it as to-read Shelves: release , obsessed , vampires-and-wolves , must-read-no-matter-what , witches-and-magic , dissappointing-covers.
I was expecting something so much better View 2 comments. October 25, review It was an okay book. If this was the last book in the series, I'd totally be really happy for this. Not only did Monroe made Nissilum, but he also made a world for us. Definitely good. Despite the cliches and the really predictable plot lines with a lot of stupid characters, this book was still worth my four hours. October 30, review Originally posted at The Daily Patrick! This review contains spoilers from the first book and the second book of the series of Dark Heart October 25, review It was an okay book.
This review contains spoilers from the first book and the second book of the series of Dark Heart but will not contain spoilers for Dark Heart Surrender itself. The story begins with a specific time after what happened to the previous book, Dark Heart Rising. The story is your typical YA.
The boy is a hero. The girl is an outcast. And they fall in love. Since it was written in the first point-of-view of the girl named Jane, we could hear her thoughts on some scenes and how she is somehow underestimating herself. College was never really easy for her, and time passed by with school. Luca, the half-werewolf from a mystical world Nissilum, had to live with her and her parents in order to be with her.
Nissilum banned Jane from their world so the only way they could be together was to let Luca live in Earth away from his family and his world. On the second book, there was Soren. Evan disappeared, I think It was really another romantic interest for Jane. Bad news is that Soren is also from Nissilum. For my review, I rated this book with two stars out of five. Two stars meant it was an okay book. Characters are shallow. The characterization especially of Jane needs a lot of work. Jane seemed like stereotypical when her character is really interesting on how she reacts to events.
Luca on the other hand is just really stupid in making decisions. Make a good decision! Not big of a deal. But it is kind of full of adjectives and descriptions, blocking the capacity of the characters to move, you know. But I like Monroe to be honest. Well, I like the book.
It is definitely worth my four hours. Update Changed the rating from two stars to three! Feb 16, Mizuki rated it did not like it Shelves: i-hate-love-triangle , read-only-when-running-out-of-book , fairies-related , i-guess-not , lost-interest , nothing-special , mary-sue-warning , over-my-dead-body , unable-to-suppress-my-disbelief , what-the-hell. In my reviews for the first two books of the Dark Heart trilogy, I stated that both of those books are highly forgettable and there's nothing to make them stand out among the countless other YA paranormal romance novels which flooded the YA book market.
But I'd never expected this final book, Dark Heart Surrender , would turn out to be even worse, not only it's just as unremarkable and forgettable like the first two books, but it's also awfully, deadly boring. Let's do a breakdown: 1 There're two p In my reviews for the first two books of the Dark Heart trilogy, I stated that both of those books are highly forgettable and there's nothing to make them stand out among the countless other YA paranormal romance novels which flooded the YA book market.
Let's do a breakdown: 1 There're two plot lines in the story, but they are both so thin and barely-there that the whole novel looks very pointless. Said villains are also supposed to be so very evil, but we never see them actually doing anything awful in the story. Most of the bad things they did are done off-screen, what a disappointment. Don't remember had banished the villains' ancestors from the otherworldly realm, and now said villains are going to seek revenge for something that happened before they were even born?!
Plus, I appreciated that Jane the heroine is the one who's actually using her brain when she faced difficult situationsI'm not saying she's so very bright she isn't , but sadly no one else in the book has ever done the same. Stay away from this book if you don't want to be bored out of your mind. This was such a fast read! The writing isn't great and the pacing was a little inconsistent, but something about it made me want to keep reading and I flew through this book! The plot should have been pretty interesting, but I thought that it could have been handled better. The whole messed up situation with Jane, Luca, Polly and Ade just annoyed me to no end.
It didn't take too long to work out the truth behind Polly and Ade the hints were painfully obvious and it was just frustrating that it This was such a fast read! It didn't take too long to work out the truth behind Polly and Ade the hints were painfully obvious and it was just frustrating that it took Luca and especially Jane so long to realise. This book definitely could have been shorter. At least 50 pages shorter. There was too much build up in the beginning where not much was happening but then the ending was a little rushed.
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I definitely had my issues with this book, but overall it was an enjoyable read and a decent enough conclusion to the trilogy and I've certainly read some shockingly disappointing series enders. Apr 06, Amelia rated it did not like it Shelves: amazingwhatyoufindincharityshops , childrens-and-young-adult , getoveryourself , give-me-a-break , too-stupid-to-live , eye-roll. So, Dark Heart Surrender.
Or in other words, same shit, different cover. And now that I think about it, that applies to most of the female creatures too. Even though, you know, she acts like a petulant child most of the time. And is stupid. Incredibly stupid. So fucking stupid. Who So, Dark Heart Surrender. Who else would nearly die after getting in a car with someone who set her alarm bells ringing in book one, only to nearly die AGAIN after getting in a car with someone who set her alarm bells ringing in book three?
Especially when said person had threatened her only like half an hour before. How stupid can you be? I really don't understand this because Jane was attracted to at least three other guys - all murderers to boot - that I remember throughout the trilogy and no one seemed in the slightest bit concerned by this. The inclusion of Olivia's story in Dark Heart Surrender is half-hearted. There is no real explanation of how she is finally found. And has Monroe never watched a police procedural? A girl is found buried alive on an old military base; shortly after this the protagonists visit the scene of the crime.
There are no signs whatsoever of investigation or surveillance and no one seems to have noticed they were there. For that matter, no one contacts the hero about the attempted murder even though he was known to have been working on the base during the time the girl was there. And the victim is put in a hostel for a few days before likely ending up on the streets even though she told the police her kidnappers were local and at large.
Why is she not in protective custody? It's no wonder the villains weren't scared of the police! Never mind plot inconsistencies, I'd settle for spellcheck!! The amount of errors is really quite embarrassing. I'm not going to pussyfoot around this. Monroe's Dark Heart series is really bad. I would not have bothered to finish it, had I not been packing to move house and unable to get to much of my library.
Aug 01, Erin Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , paranormal , werewolves. I am on the edge of whether or not to give this book a 3 and a half rating to be honest. There was just something about this book that didn't hook me in like the previous ones. I will start with the negatives first and the biggest flaw in this book was how many typing errors there were. In an average book I expect to come across at least 3, maybe 4, tops, but this book had at least errors. To me it is probably the worst thing that could happen to a book and it should not have left the editi I am on the edge of whether or not to give this book a 3 and a half rating to be honest.
To me it is probably the worst thing that could happen to a book and it should not have left the editing office until it had been checked over and over again. It was a major turn off for this book and that was part of the reason I was disappointed. Secondly, Jane and Luca's relationship to me felt way too tame when they are supposed to be destined soul mates and all that. Jane makes everything out to be a huge deal when it really isn't and Luca beleives that Jane is the one who has come to him for him to treasure and love until the end of time.
It just feels unrealistic at times and I wish it didn't because this series has so many up points to it. So, what I did like was far more vast than what I didn't like. As much as Jane and Luca's romance can annoy me it does also make me swoon. Who doesn't want to have a boyfriend who is meant for you and comes from another world and is old fashioned in so many ways?
Well, not everyone, but I do, I do! Janes parents are another up point in this story as they let Luca live with them. Janes mother knows about Luca and so therefore that is a bonus for both Jane and Luca, but besides that her parents just seem so easy going with their relationship, that scored points with me.
The drama in this book surrounded around the vulpecula, some nasty and evil race of mutant foxes that have the ability to destroy Nissilum if they can get there. It was a good plot for the story, they tried to destory Luca and Janes relationship, mind controlled Janes family, friends and any other person in their way and it was understandably annoying for Jane and Luca after they had figured out who these people really were. I wish it was made to feel a little more dramatic at times though, it felt subdued when it should really have been taken with a lot more seriousness.
Overall I did like Dark Heart Surrender, in some areas it felt weak, in others it was a lot stronger. It was a bit all over the place but still quite a readable story. I don't know how many more books are in this series but I feel like its time should come to an end. View 1 comment. I had read the first two books in this series Dark Heart Forever and Dark Heart Rising and thought they were fab so I was looking forward to reading this one. Part of the reason I love this series is because they are not just based on one supernatural creature but lots of them — werewolves, vampires, witches, angels and shapeshifters.
Every page kept me interested and left I had read the first two books in this series Dark Heart Forever and Dark Heart Rising and thought they were fab so I was looking forward to reading this one. Every page kept me interested and left me wanting more so I ended up reading it in one day. This story followed on from book two where Luca had gone back to the human world to live with Jane and this book sees them trying to adapt to their new life but somehow they end up facing yet another danger that threatens to tear them apart.
It seems that trouble follows them wherever they go and I get the feeling that they may never be able to have a normal life together which is a shame because I really want things to work out for them. I found this book to be exciting and intriguing, there were so many questions raised like who was the mystery girl who lost her necklace, and who or what the mysterious Polly and Ade might be. May 05, Kaida Ashia rated it it was amazing. There were references to the previous two books that triggered as reminder which was helpful.
Really enjoyed this book wasnt as much romance in it as the others which was good if you, like me dont care for it. The villans in this book are a creature called the vulpecula who have a thirst for revenge. Their characters are quite enigmatic and strong, perhaps more so than the two ma it has been a while since i read dark heart rising so i want sure if id need to recap or not, as it turns out i didnt.
Their characters are quite enigmatic and strong, perhaps more so than the two major characters and their mind games keept me engrossed wanting to know their next trick. I also found Dot to be quite a humorous litttle character that lifted the book up when i felt it getting deep with negativity. I found janes mother to be rather annnoying throughout the book i just kept thinking if i were jane id tell her to leave me alone and stop treating me like a child, in particularly when luca and jane were lingering in the car and she came out to bring them inside i just thought WTF.
But she is the only character i didnt like. There were two issues with the book. I am terrible with grammar etc and know to expect in in my writing as im not published by an agency that is meant to clear up mistakes. So when reading this i couldnt help but think lee monroe could use a better editor, the story is written in first person for jane and 3rd person for luca and there were a few times where it hopped to third person in janes POV.
After lucas incident at the dance with polly, i think jane should have found out via the siblings as they are percieved to be all cunnning and cruel, but it got swept under the rug like it never happened. I was expecting there to be hell raising fury or Other than that a really good and quick read. And if that was the last of the dark heart series it was very well written. With lovely covers to compliment lee monroes work. May 29, Jannat Bhat rated it liked it. Lee Monroe's enjoyable trilogy comes to a close with 'Dark Heart Surrender'.
I was looking forward to reading this one and finding out whether or not Jane and Luca would get their happy ending. The two have had many ups and downs throughout the series and obstacles have constantly been put in their way but regardless of that it's always felt like they were destined to be together.
Two new characters are introduced early on in the book, a brother and sister pairing called Ade and Polly. There's a lot more to them than first meets the eye and at times I found them really creepy and quite unsettling. I think my only criticism of this book would be that the ending was a little abrupt.
Without spoiling anything I kept waiting for a big romantic moment between Luca and Jane which never really came. I found it a bit disappointing because I'd invested so much in their relationship. Saying that though, the final few chapters were very exciting and full of intrigue and suspense. May 07, Emma Wood rated it liked it. I enjoyed this in the end but had a shaky moment half way through where I had to push myself to finish it.
It seemed to take the characters ages to see what was going on and then even when they knew what was going on they still kept bimbling around, but it picked up in the last couple of chapters and saved itself from a DNF. Apr 04, Alima rated it it was amazing. Massive fan. Cnt wait for buk 4!!! View all 5 comments.
Apr 23, Michala rated it really liked it. Jane and Luca are now living together at Jane's with her family I think that is sooo cute. I was not disappointed with this final book in the Dark Heart series. Jun 12, FoodxHugs rated it did not like it. These see all my updates Jane is still in college, Luca is now living with her family and working with Pete in construction.
There's a new girl, kind of gothic redhead, bossy too, named Polly and her brother Ade. While working, Luca found a necklace covered in blood at the old military base. Jane n Luca go along. Luca didn't like the guy right away, soon neither does anyone, These see all my updates Jane is still in college, Luca is now living with her family and working with Pete in construction.
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Luca didn't like the guy right away, soon neither does anyone, Ade has an Attitude. Him n his sister are adopted n their mom is sick. Luca goes back home cus it's his sister Dalya's bday, n he wants to talk to his dad about the necklace, n foxes. The Vulpecula are evil foxes that put a trance in people, Luca thinks Ade and Polly might be foxes. While working with Pete, Luca hears noises n then finds Pete unconscious. Pete's daughter Lydia believes Luca might have had something to do with the accident.
Now Luca is questioning himself. Mean while a girl is trapped underground at the military base. Pete's other daughter Eva, has been missing for over a year now. She had a daughter that she put up for adoption when she was a teen. Jane agrees to go to a club with Polly, Ade, Ashley and Luca. Ashley gets drunk and mad at Jane and Ade. Luca stays and dances with Polly, letting her kiss him. He kisses her back falling into her spell. He takes a drink that he thinks is water and passes out. Police found the girl that was trapped.
What I don't like about this books is that they let people talk badly to them, and they just stand there. Jane finds herself back in the other world, see's Dalya and speaks with Ulfred, Lucas dad, they agree Ade n Polly are foxes. Luca wakes up in the back of Ades car with Polly telling him they did something. He doesn't tell Jane. After what happened he conveniently left out how he was grinding and making out with Polly.
It's never brought up again. Ade appears all beaten up on the road saying some guys jumped him, I wonder what really happened there. Jane tells Luca he has to go home. Its announced that the girl was found, her name is Olivia, she doesn't remember anything.
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Luca might have her necklace. Together they find a space underneath the military base. They won't go to the police they want to figure things out themselves. Like always. Olivia is claiming to be related to Ade n Polly making then angry. Pete dies. Ashley is with Ade. Jane fights the spells of Ade but some how the big bad wolf of Luca can't fight Pollys, he's always been this sissy guy, arg. Jane tells Luca to go home. Luca talks to his family about the problems. Jane goes to a school party where she knows Ade will be at. The lights go out, and Ade appears, she basically told him she knows everything about him.
He gives her a ride "home". Olivia escapes from the hospital to find her aunt Lydia but runs into Polly, she remembers Polly n Ade. Polly tells her they tried killing her and that they killed her mom. Ade picked up Polly and Olivia and drives to the military base with Jane in the car.
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Luca feels something is wrong so he goes to find Jane. Polly and Ade transform into animals. The girls run, Jane manages to make fire with matches, distracting the foxes. Luca comes fights Ade, pushes Polly into the fire, killing her. Janes catches Ade on fire, Killing him, Luca gets hurt but his dad and sister come. Luca gets better, They go to Pete's, Ade's and Pollys funeral.
They tell Lydia that the hut caught on fire killing the siblings. Olivia now has a family, she didn't tell her aunt about her mom Eva being dead. She also knows about the wolves and the foxes. Luca and Jane plan on staying together. This book was similar to the first one. It was obvious who the bad guy were, and what was going to happen. I feel that there was still alot that wasn't said. Jane never questioned why she felt she couldn't trust Luca. Luca never told her about what happened with Polly. And what really happened to Ade, was he really beaten up by a group of guys.
Even though I don't really care about back ground characters, what happened to most of them. I remember in the second book something about Raphael going to try and find his dad, what happened there. Jane kept mentioning Baron the vamp, I thought he was going to show up, we read that Lowe likes someone, in the last book he was an announces, now we hardly heard about him. It felt rushed like it wasn't a proper ending, like it needs a little more.
What happens to Nissilum? Does her dad and sister every find out about it? What happened to Gabriel? Did he really die? What happens with Janes friends when they hear about Ades death? Will Luca get along with his mom and brother?
Do Jane and Luca live together in the mortal world or do they choose Nissilum? What happens with them? I guess we won't know. Mar 20, Dani C rated it really liked it Shelves: review-books. Giveaway of books in this series at Pen to Paper At first, I think it must be said, that I was a little disappointed with this instalment in the series.
This, though, is not because the story in this book is uninteresting, but rather because the story doesn't really lead on from Dark Heart Rising. The only thing that is continued from the previous book is Jane and Luca's relationship, but I was hoping that the storyline would also be developed and continued. I thought that Raphael's story in D Giveaway of books in this series at Pen to Paper At first, I think it must be said, that I was a little disappointed with this instalment in the series.
I thought that Raphael's story in Dark Heart Rising was really interesting, and we were left with a definite sense of having something more to come from him and his personal quest, but even a book later, we still know nothing new about what is happening with him. I also really wanted to see more from Soren, and of course from the fabulous Vanya, who remains my favourite character in the series.
But we saw nothing from either of them. That however, is my only real complaint about the book - it was still a really great read in its own right. We get to see Jane and Luca's relationship tested to absolute breaking point, which is always interesting, and satisfying when they overcome the seemingly unsolvable problems they're faced with. I think what I enjoyed most about this story was the amount of creativity behind it.
Without giving too much away, when the characters started talking about supernatural, evil, mischievous foxes, I immediately though that I was going to be faced with some kind of variation of a Kitsune a Japanese Fox-Spirit , but what it actually turned about to be was a little more unique than that, which was amazing! It also added a whole new, and certainly more dangerous twist to the whole series, as we now know that Jane and Luca are still going to have to face danger, even away from the creatures of Nissilum.
Like in Dark Heart Rising, the point-of-view that we're reading from switches from character to character - this time from Jane obviously , to Luca, and to an entirely new character, Olivia. I enjoyed this in Dark Heart Rising, but it was even more effective in this book! I loved the confusion that was apparent from both Jane and Luca, and that there appeared to be no reasonable explanation for this apart from the presence of the mysterious siblings, Ade and Polly.
It felt so real to me, mostly, I think, because we get to see each character's confusion and altering emotions first-hand thanks to the switching point-of-view in the chapters , and when a character had a sudden change of heart, the reader becomes momentarily confused as well. It was because, on occasion, I felt the same bewilderment as Jane and Luca, that it became suddenly more real to me. This is just a small thing, but I also really enjoyed seeing Dalya even as briefly as we did in the novel, because we get to see her transforming from a little girl into a woman.
It was brilliant to see her finally beginning to fill out and fit her mental age - she's been extremely mature since book one. I can't wait to see what becomes of here in later books. I'm definitely hoping to see more in this series - but what I would really love to see from the next instalment, is a continuation of the storyline that was left off at the end of Dark Heart Rising. I just feel as though there needs to be a little more continuity throughout the series.
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However, if we take a close look at all the ins and outs of our lives and our relationships, Surrender is really present as a constant possibility for us. How do you usually think about surrender in your life? Are you giving in, giving up, settling, deferring, and losing your boundaries? Or are you sinking in to a connection, which will allow a real, authentic process to emerge between two people. However, true surrender allows for a genuinely present, authentic experience , without having to feel a need to control the situation. And in this very present space, we can be most solid in who we truly are, not who we feel another needs us to be — real authenticity!
Psychoanalyst Emmanuel Ghent discussed the concepts of surrender vs. He indicated that surrender is often a naturally occurring shift as opposed to a choice. Most importantly, he clarified that there is true benefit for the one surrendering. With true surrender, difference between people can be tolerated without losing the self. I posed the following question to my Facebook group of women, all part of the group because of their desire to nurture an authentically lived life. I think it presents an interesting dilemma, which makes me think of the concept of surrendering vs.
I allowed myself to sink into a situation surrender to it with an unknown outcome. How have you allowed surrender into your life? Into your relationships? Or have you been able to tolerate potential difference from another while still holding on to you? If the idea of surrendering and allowing an experience to emerge is new to you, please remember this is not a haphazard deferring to another.
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