Thursday, January 13, 2011

Butterfly Swords

Jeannie Lin

During China's infamous Tang Dynasty, a time awash with luxury yet littered with deadly intrigues and fallen royalty, betrayed Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding.

Miles from home, with only her delicate butterfly swords for defense, she enlists the reluctant protection of a blue-eyed warrior….

Battle-scarred, embittered Ryam has always held his own life at cheap value. Ai Li's innocent trust in him and honorable, stubborn nature make him desperate to protect her—which means not seducing the first woman he has ever truly wanted….

My Take:

If you are even remotely familiar with my blog, you probably already know that romances are my guilty pleasure.  Is the setting an English Castle?  Is the castle home to a Duke (feel free to sub in Prince, Baron, whatever...any ol' nobleman will do) who swore he'd never fall in love for whatever reason?  Is the heroine a sassy and remarkably beautiful girl who is the only person who can call said Duke out on his crap?  Do all events miraculously lead up to wedded bliss no matter how unlikely the circumstances?  If the answer is yes to any of these questions, I will probably love the book.  I'm a sucker for 'em, I can't help it.  I do love intellectually stimulating books, but something about these dinky romances just gets to me.  

Well, now for the book at hand--Butterfly Swords.  There were quite a few changes made to the romance formula which made me love the book.  First off, the girl is a Chinese Princess quite proficient in ripping a man to shreds with her Butterfly Swords.  The man is a blond hair blued eyed former soldier, current wanderer from a vague "somewhere over there" in Europe.  This interracial couple makes for an especially interesting story when you add in the fact that the story happened about a thousand years ago and the girl is engaged to the second most powerful man in the empire.  They are then, of course, put in life or death situations where they can barely fight their attraction to one another--chaos ensues.  If you are a romance lover, you'll really enjoy this book.  The heroine is strong, the setting is gorgeous, the pacing is pretty good and the ending is surprising (not shocking by any means, but not what I expected)  I loved the fact that the book was set in China, as much as I love my English Dukes, it was nice to escape the stuffy castles into the refreshing Chinese countryside. I had a hard time rating this book, as I enjoyed everything about it.  However, the one missing factor is resonance.  After I finished the book, I was ready to move on to the next book without so much as a backward glance.  For a book to be rated in those upper ratings, I've got to be up all night thinking about the characters.  With this in mind, I think I'll give Butterfly Swords a solid 3, Find a Used Book Store

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you,, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If Butterfly Swords was a movie, it would likely be rated a strong PG-13 for brief but strong sexuality and some violence

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

If you are interested in purchasing Butterfly Swords, please consider supporting The Book Buff by purchasing from the following Amazon link, thank you! 
If you enjoyed this review, feel free to leave The Book Buff a tip in "Kate's Tip Jar" located on the sidebar.  All tips are anonymous and in no way affect any of my reviews, thanks a ton!


LM Preston said...

I have to say the cover is awesome. Sounds like the story is a bit different than the norm too. Thanks for sharing the review. I love a good romance too!

Anonymous said...

I actually came across this book the other night on the net and was torn on wether to get it or not. Because it sounded a lot like a YA book I had just looked at, just for adults, but I may just have to get it anyways.

Loved the review, but sadly I can't put no tip in your jar. Cause I has no money.

SingleMamaAdventures said...

Hi I'm keva from Bloggy Moms..I'm late following your blog...but here I am. I haven't been keeping up with my reading since I had a baby a year ago but you have reviewd some good books and sparked my reading bug back into gear. I'm subscribed to your post and look forward to reading some of your recommended books.

Ottilie Weber said...

I love your blog and it's rating system!! I nominated you for an award, check my blog out to see it!!

Heidi said...

I love the concept of your blog... Nice to be able to read some reviews along with a rating. I look forward to seeing what you review next! Would love to have you visit and join me as well:)


Related Posts with Thumbnails