Wed, Mar. 5th, 2008

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Though Tiger Eye is the first book in the series, this one is when the big plot arc kicks off.

Elena Baxter is a healer. Artur is a psychometrist who wears gloves all the time so he doesn't inadvertantly touch something and get horrible visions in his head. They end up meeting when they're both kidnapped by a mysterious organization and accidentally bonding when Elena heals Artur.

This is a pretty good book, and I felt I should have liked it more than I did, given the inclusion of "psychic kids adults in a lab" and "he can't touch anything." I would have had qualms with the standard female healer thing, only I like Elena a lot, and there's some spoilery stuff at the end that was made of awesome.

Liu handles the psychic bond between Elena and Artur very well; I usually don't like them, but I bought into this one. It helps that the psychic bond leads to moments like realizing the guy you're kissing can taste your morning breath.

Elena gets some great dialogue, my favorite probably being the snippet on Stockholm syndrome; Artur gets angst; new characters are introduced; and we learn more about Dirk & Steele. I'd normally be irritated by powerful woman villain in a series in which most of the Dirk & Steele agents seem to be men, but given Nancy Dirk and a character from Tiger Eye, it reads to me more as the universe just having lots of women in positions of power, which I cheer on.

There are also some great sex scenes with Elena and Artur -- Liu seems to be very good at writing sexy scenes that don't necessarily have sex, much like the glove scene in Loretta Chase's Lord of the Scoundrels. I loved Elena and Artur making their beds in the train! It doesn't sound sexy, but wow, the UST. Ditto with Artur keeping Elena from falling in another scene. Further points for the actual sex being a little awkward; they don't hit a comfortable position on first try, and I loved little details like that (and like the aforementioned morning breath).

So I'm not quite sure why I didn't connect emotionally. I think I wanted (even more) angst out of Artur; I am not fond of the "I cannot touch things! Oh wait, but I can touch you because you are so gentle/compassionate/whatever" trope. Again, Liu employs it fairly skillfully, but I stubbornly dug in my heels and wanted a romance in which the person who cannot touch still cannot quite touch the love interest without pain. Artur and Elena are really sweet together and incredibly romantic, but their particular story just didn't hit my buttons.

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- [livejournal.com profile] oracne's review

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Wed, Mar. 5th, 2008 12:12 pm
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So instead of doing any one of the things I could have been doing (programming, tidying up the house, etc.), I sped-watched two and a half weeks' worth of American Idol, which I have never seen before. I blame this all on So You Think You Can Dance.

American Idol is strangely addictive, probably due to my weakness for covers, though I often want to whap Simon when he critiques the male singers for being "girly." Am looking forward to tonight's with an inordinate amount of glee, though it is to be the reward for getting work done.

My main observations are that no one should ever cover "Imagine" or "Hallelujah" ever again, and I don't care how much the judges like it. At least, not unless they are going to do a radically different arrangement, as I am sure both songs have enough covers for at least two lifetimes.

Also, I want a full-length version of the emo rock cover of "Hello."

How did white boy pop punk end up being the genre of my heart? Inquiring minds would like to know.

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