Novellas Reviews: Waterlocked and Ethan

Waterlocked by Elizabeth Hunter (Elemental World #1.5)

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Synopsis from Goodreads


Definition: enclosed entirely, or almost entirely, by water

Example: What happens when the water vampire you’ve promised yourself to actually wants you to go through with the wedding? For Gemma Melcombe, her engagement to Terrance Ramsay was a political maneuver. For Terry, it’s something entirely more. Rough waters may be ahead for these two headstrong lovers, but until they come to an agreement, Gemma will be waterlocked.

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Sweet and short. I always find it difficult to review novellas, because there is so little I can say without going through the whole plot. 

I've always wondered about Terry and Gemma because they are such an interesting tumultuous couple who on the surface don't have anything in common, However, Waterlocked explores their differences and the roots of their unwilling fascination with each other. 

It is especially difficult for Gemma. Terry is younger and pushier and hungrier for everything. He acts while she thinks of all the repercussions, he cultivates an image of a thug while in reality he is a very clever, ruthless savage in his reactions. If you compare Gemma with a fox, then Terry is a wolf. They might look incompatible, but they are formidable together.

This short story reminded me of The Taming of The Shrew, so if you enjoy a familiar plot you'll find pleasure in Waterlocked.

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 Я редко читаю новеллы, потому как люблю книги помясистее по сюжету и развитию характеров.

Однако новелла  Элизабет Хантер придётся  по вкусу всем её поклонникам, так как она берёт известный шекспировский сюжет Укрощения Строптивой и накладывает его на отношения Джеммы и Терри, английских вампиров с такими непохожими характерами но такими интересными бурными отношениями, что читать о них одно удовольствие.

Эмма старше Терри, она по своей сущности, лиса, хитрая, очень умная и прекрасно разбирающаяся в вампирских кознях на своей территории. Терри - очень молодой и талантливый вампир выбравшийся из трущоб Лондона. Те, кто о нём знают, воспринимают его как недалёкого бандита и не понимают, что у него с Джеммой общего. Терри в отличие от Джеммы - волк, культивирующий образ тупоголового телохранителя, и в реальности не устурающий Джемме в решимости, упрямстве и остром уме. Он действует быстро и безжалостно, тогда как Джемма предпочитает сначала всё обдумать. Именно поэтому так интересно найти, что именно привлекло их друг к другу.

Ethan by P.T. Michelle ( Brightest Kind of Darkness #0.5)

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Ethan Harris never thought monsters and darkness would consume his daily thoughts, but every night the same visions repeat in his dreams. He’s careful to project a semblance of normalcy, keeping the suffocating darkness locked inside. As much as he wishes he could focus on girls, sports, and cars like other seventeen-year-olds; nothing distracts him from his own demons or shines through.

Until Nara Collins crosses his path. The blonde fascinates and intrigues him, giving him a measure of peace he’s never felt before.

When Ethan discovers there’s more to Nara than she allows others to see, that she might have a unique secret of her own, suddenly his world comes into focus.

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 Another lovely novella giving us a peek into Ethan's mind. I think it might surprise even the biggest fans of all the books as there are some secrets in Ethan's past that none of us suspected.

It's nice to know Ethan as a prickly young boy struggling with his identity and his emerging talents. He is definitely in the beginning of a long way to the assured young man we know and love by the end of Lucid.

I also like his fascination with Nara because he starts it by picking up on her unusual behaviour and then unravels its patterns. She is essentially like him because she hides who she is in a plain sight and this depth is what draws him near.


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Я же говорила, что Патрис Мишель умудрилась найти во мне верную поклонницу в жанре YA, тогда как её паранормальные романы меня совсем не привлекают.

Итан - интересная новелла о парнишке в самом начале своего пути, неуверенном в себе, испуганным своими непонятными способностями и колеблющемся между гневом и слезами. Итан до Нары удивит поклонников книг некоторыми секретами, о которых мы и не подозревали. Его понимание животных вызовет слёзы и его интерес к Наре наконец-то будет объяснён. Советую.


  1. You sure did well :) But yes novellas are the worst to review for me. What to say that does not say what the whole plot is about?

  2. Oh what a great news I didn't know there are some novellas about the series I'll have to check them out! thanks!

  3. Oh I do enjoy reading novellas. :) I think they compliment series so nicely. Thanks for sharing about these two. Bot are series I have to get to.

  4. Blodeuedd, exactly! Plus I tend to have even shorter reviews than usual so I have to make them really compact and thoughtful at the same time.

    Dehlia, I'm sure you'll enjoy them! ;)

    Melissa, you have to read these soon! Seriously, both are very good!


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