Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Review: The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz

The Mistress (The Original Sinners, #4)The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It hurts me to write this review because I love this series so very much. But, this book paled in comparison to the other three. I apologize right now for the rambling this review will end up being, as well as for all of the spoilers. It is just hard to see how a series I liked so much fall into a mess of recycled stories, boring and repetitive material with mutilated characters so that it all ends with an oh-so-convenient-everything-goes-well bow at the end.

Nora has been kidnapped and it is up to those that love her to bring her back. Really, it is up to Kingsley to do all the work. Everyone else just walks about the house all morose. In the meantime Nora is in the clutches of Marie Laure and she tells he story to stall for time.

This series has been a revelation. When I recommend this book I say, "Do you know [[ASIN:0345803485 Fifty Shades]]? This is how it should have been written." But this book did not live up to the standard. It had many issues, the main was how boring it was.

The plot. The plot takes about 100 pages of the book. The rest of the book (300+ more pages) is a recycling of the stories we already know, have already read and now are just getting in the way of the plot. I already read the first three books, I do not need this super complete summary in this one. This is the great downfall of the book. There is very little new. The Mistress is just a regurgitation of the first three.

The characters. Way too many. We have Nora, Kingsley, Grace (what is she doing here?) Soren, Marie Laure, Lila (and oh so convenient character), the goons, etc. My mind was spinning with so many characters. Combined that with four distinct point of views that, instead of adding to the book, distracted the reader from the plot and halted the flow of the book. Two of the POVs are new characters that were completely unnecessary. Why add new characters (giving them an important role) in a book conclusion? The character of Grace was unlikable and bland. She had no business in this book, other than she wanted to be there. Besides phone calls, she has met Nora a total of one time. She then proceeds to fall into inta-love/lust/adoration with Soren. Gah. And them we have Lila. Good old virginal and oh so perfect for Wesley Lila. She is perfectly tailored for him, down to liking horses. A more obvious way to get someone out of the way (Wesley) has rarely been used. Just too convenient.

Then we have the characters we once loved acting very much out of character. Wesley, where did you go? What happened to you? Where is this great love you had for Nora? It lasted you all of one week? I was rooting for you!!!! Reisz destroyed Wesley for me. It was such a beautiful story. She was so happy she skipped. Nora, didn't you just go running to Wesley in the last book? Isn't he summer? I just can't.... It was such a good story line that was ended with too convenient plot devices. When Reisz described Nora and Wesley, there was a bounce in the prose, a skip in the telling, happiness in the narration. It was full of exciting joy. Whenever the author described Nora and Soren, it was more of a quiet happy resignation. Nora says she is happy but she is not jumping with joy. She didn't run to Soren. She ran to Wesley. Why then treat these relationships as they were treated in this book?

Kingsley is the only true revelation in this book. He shined. Hell, he outshines all of the characters. There was true depth to his character, true commitment and I loved him. While everyone else wallowed in their rooms with 'oh woe me' and 'poor Nora', he went commando and took matters into his own hands. He freaking rocked.

The Mistress was a disappointing end to a great series. I am just going to imagine my own ending and eliminate all the story telling of this book.

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