Book Review: Meant to be Immortal by Lynsay Sands

Mac Argeneau knows all too well: immortals can be killed. Not with holy water or silver crosses, but by decapitation or being set on fire. So when Mac’s house bursts into flames—with him inside—he’s sure it was no accident. But who would want to kill a scientist specializing in hematology? There is a silver lining: a blonde investigator appears on the scene and sparks feelings in him that have been dormant for centuries.

CJ Cummings is in town on a special investigation, but she’s been waylaid by the local police to deal with this arson case. The biggest mystery is how this sexy scientist with silvery blue eyes has emerged from a blazing inferno without a burn mark on him. He’s clearly hiding something. Sure, she’d love to see him without his lab coat, but she’s got a job to do—despite his insistence that he needs a bodyguard and…he wants her.

But when a second attempt on their lives puts CJ in harm’s way, it’s Mac who will do anything to safeguard the woman who’s destined to be his life mate.

Meant to be Immortal by Lynsay Sands

I’ve been reading this series since I was a freshman in high school and sometimes the many storylines blend together. So many characters, so many plot lines, so many family connections. It can be a lot.

But this return to the world of the Argeneau family made me happy. I love how there wasn’t the instant need to turn the mortal, as there are in so many other books. Due to that, you really got to see the characters interact with each other outside of bumping uglies constantly – instead of feeling like it is out of their control or that they had no choice. I also believed this made the characters stronger.

However, I didn’t like how he seemed incapable of doing anything on his own. He can’t get her to like him, he can’t take care of himself, he can’t figure out how to stick by her side, and he couldn’t figure out ways to win her over without the help of the others. Several times, while reading, I thought ‘where is the depth?’ and ‘is he just a pretty face? Why would she even want to be with him?’ I was waiting for him to take the reins but there were so many other characters moving in to take care of things for him that he never got the chance.

So, while I really enjoyed the book, I thought that the romance part could be stronger. If you’ve read this series, you’ll know that the stories heavily rely on life mate sex, chemistry, and danger. And on all counts, this book lacked the usual ‘oomph that her books normally do. The danger felt flippant and at one point, and this won’t ruin it, I thought ‘why doesn’t he just control him!’

One of the oddest things, and I’m not sure if it’s just me, that comes to mind is if there’s a ghostwriter for this series now.

It’s 34 books in. Maybe she’s bored? Maybe she’s ready to move on? I mean, I know this series is a cash cow but 34 books is a LOT. And while she’s been working on her highlander books (unrelated), I do often wonder if these last few books have been “phoned in”. I also feel the same way about “Mile High With A Vampire” (the next book in the series), but you’ll hear more about that when I write its review.

That being said, I’m glad that I have this novel. I’ll continue to read the series until it ends, and I still would love to meet the author one day. She’s inspired me as a writer ever since I was a teeny weeny baby author. I’ve daydreamed about being a paranormal romance writer and while these last few books have missed the mark, I still look up to her.

Good Readdance,
Jade

Reading Anticipation

I did it!!!

I finally got the new book by Lynsay Sands, Runaway Vampire. I’m so excited. I started reading it last night and am already about 150 pages in. I am still going to be reading the other books that I’m planning to review I just…have…to…read…now!

Do you ever get that anxiety when you’re about to read a new book that you’ve waited so long for. It’s like…will it be good, will it be bad? FREAK OUT MODE!!!! I have, especially if I’ve read another book by the same author that I didnt like as much.

I love when the new book sneaks up on me though. I am not really fond of surprises (they embarrass me lol) but when I’m walking through the book store, Walmart or Publx and suddenly there, on the shelf, a new novel awaits. Yes!! As you can tell, finding new books makes me ecstatic and mushy! I wont give anything away but let’s say that I’m enjoying what I’ve read so far.

Good Readance

Jade

Book Review: About A Vampire by Lynsay Sands

Hey,

You might be one to think that I am biased when it comes to this author…and I usually am. I have been reading novels by Lynsay Sands since I was in high school when I first fell in love with A Quick Bite. I took to her writing style almost immediately and couldn’t let go. Her descriptions, character analysis and plot twists really had me transfixed. Every time a new story came out I was immediately taken away. I’d say the hardest thing about being in love with a book series is waiting for the next one to come out. There was a period there when she wrote historical fiction instead of The Argeneau series and I was angry at her. Of course, with her being my favorite author, I read the historicals anyway (and loved them) but that was besides the point. So when the new story came out I was very happy.

I was waiting in line at Wal-Mart and it hit me, I hadn’t even glanced at the book section in a very long time, which if you know me is very unheard of, and I immediately ran over. I didn’t see anything and was thoroughly upset. I went to work that day and who but a coworker with the same novel interests held a new book by Lynsay Sands? I asked her where she got it and she said Wal-Mart! Ugh! I went back at 1am that night and searched every shelf. I just so happened to come across the last one, tucked behind a few other novels (someone was probably hiding it but I grabbed it…gotcha!).  I read it in it’s entirety the next day. That is how dedicated I am to this author.

Now that you know how biased I am…on to the review. I must admit, I was very disappointed with this story. I’m not sure if it’s because this is like the…25th book in the series and she just ran out of things to come up with but…it wasn’t very good. I gobbled up the first few pages as the introduction of characters had me hooked, per us. I loved the opening scene. Closer to the middle of the book I had became irritated with the main female’s disposition. She just didn’t sit well with me. The main male definitely was on my good side. It wasn’t an issue of not being able to relate to the story, or that her usual prose was decommissioned. It was just that it seemed a little unrealistic; which is funny regarding a series about ‘good’ vampires searching for their life mates but nevertheless it was true.

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By the end of the story I was so fed up with the book that it felt more like I was reading it just to finish. I have a (bad) habit of throwing books that I dislike and had I been at home or in a private place it definitely wouldn’t have been throw worthy. I was dissatisfied, intrigued and confused at the same time.

I saw that the author has another book in the series coming out soon and for the first time I’m a little apprehensive. Lynsay! Please come back to me! Come towards the light! If my writings aren’t good enough to be read you at least have to give me something to hope for the future!

Please…no more like About A Vampire. There, I think I got it out of my system. 🙂

Happy Readdance!

Jade

 

Book Reviews Coming Soon

Hey!

I have read a few books but the last two that I finished that I will be doing reviews on within the next few days are below! I am also rereading the entire His Dark Materials collection by Philip Pullman, I read it when I was in highschool and can’t wait to start it again. It will most likely take a while as there are three larger books, I might break them up and do a review for each novel.

Lynsay Sands: About A Vampire and Lyra’s Oxford by Philip Pullman

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I look forward to writing these reviews and I hope you enjoy them!

Jade

Book Review: The Immortal Who Loved Me by Lynsay Sands

Hi!

This book was pretty great. I actually think it was a breath of fresh air from the recent novels. So far we’ve mostly been dealing with humans or vampires that obviously already knew about the fall of Atlantis and everything that it had to do with the nanos. This time we got a really different spin on how it was told. I believe Lynsay Sands is one of the only authors with a paranormal series that tells back story so vividly. Facts have been checked, questions have been answered and it fits so well into the current story.

Yes, I would say that if you were binge reading (which I’ve done a few times) the series then you might sigh when you realize it most be told all over again. Fortunately, Sands doesn’t tell it the exact same way twice! I didn’t feel compelled to skip over that part! (Which is a plus!)

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Sherry, the main character, had a sort of historically feel about her. The way she and Basil interacted kind of made me feel like I was reading a historical romance thrown into modern day. Decidedly, I’m sure that was done on purpose. There was sort of a slow cadence to this book that the others didn’t have. I liked it alot. It didn’t make you want to put the book down, at all. The slower crawl of the book also kept you from feeling like you just binge watched an entire season on Netflix and your eyes are drying out. It made me smile, it made me laugh and definitely there was a little frustration in there also!

I hope you enjoy the book! I definitely recommend reading it!

Jade

P.S. The Immortal Who Loved Me is the newest installment in a long series about the Argeneau family. I would suggest starting from the beginning with A Quick Bite, the series is definitely superb!

The Immortal Who Loved Me on Amazon