Published July 31st 2011
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
In DESIRED (Book #5 in the Vampire Journals), Caitlin Paine wakes to discover that she has once again traveled back in time. This time, she has landed in eighteenth century Paris, an age of great opulence, of kings and queens but also of revolution.
Reunited with her true love, Caleb, the two of them finally have the quiet, romantic time together that they never had. They spend idyllic time together in the city of Paris, visiting its most romantic sites, as their love grows ever deeper. Caitlin decides to give up the search for her father, so that she can savor this time and place, and spend her life with Caleb. Caleb takes her to his medieval castle, near the ocean, and Caitlin is happier than she ever dreamed.
But their idyllic time together is not destined to last forever, and events intercede that force the two of them apart. Caitlin once again finds herself united with Aiden and his coven, with Polly and with new friends, as she focuses again on her training, and on her mission. She is introduced to the lavish world of Versailles, and encounters outfits and opulence beyond what she ever dreamed. With never ending feasts and parties and concerts, Versailles is a world of its own. She is happily reunited with her bother Sam, who is also back in time, and having dreams of their father, too.
But all is not as well as it seems. Kyle has traveled back in time, too this time, with his evil sidekick, Sergei and he is more determined than ever to kill Caitlin. And Sam and Polly each fall ever deeper into toxic relationships, which just might threaten to destroy everything around them.
As Caitlin becomes a true and hardened warrior, she comes closer than ever to finding her father, and the mythical Shield. The climactic, action-packed ending, takes Caitlin through a whirlwind of Paris most important medieval locations, on a hunt for clues. But surviving this time will demand skills she never dreamed she had. And reuniting with Caleb will require her to make the hardest choices and sacrifices of her life.
I started reading the first book because it was free on my brand new kobo reader. I was excited and I very happy to see that I could download books for free. I should have known better, what you pay is what you get. I got the rest of the series, as the first book was obviously not finished, even though it ended… I hate not finishing books, but I’m struggling this time. The more I read, the harder I find it to go on.
Caitlin is simply put, a huge drama queen. She’s 18, yet she doesn’t act like one. Hell, she doesn’t act like a 15-year-old either, as another reviewer mentions. She seems more like a 13-year-old, just into puberty. Caleb on the other side is over 3000 years old. A parenthesis here, in the first book I thought Caleb was 3000 years old, then I thought he was 4000, and let’s not forget Kyle, I have no idea how old that vampire is… Now, coming back to Caitlin and Caleb, how is it possible that a vampire such as Caleb, with thousands of years of life experience, who can’t attach himself to people but only memories (or something like that), can be attracted to a superficial girl like Caitlin? Vampires do not get married, but if they do it is sort of permanent (something like the mating and imprinting in the Twilight series
…). How is it possible that Caleb has been married to Sera for only 10 years and has already fallen out of love with her. He loved her enough to marry her! Also, how can a father, who has lost his child so violently, think about his lover above all? Caitlin is supposed to have loved instantly Caleb’s child, how can she think that he’s running to his estranged wife when he gets a message that his son is alive? And how can a thousands year old vampire think that he can remove the child from his mother and have him live with his lover and be happily ever after? Oh, and I just remembered the weird time travel
. Caleb’s son died in 1791 somewhere in Italy. When Caleb and Caitlin return to 1789 in France, Caleb is already in that period, maybe in another part of Europe and he’s married to Sera and their son is alive. Jade (the son) is not 10 years old, but 8, we’ve gone back in time people!!! So how can Caleb think his son is not alive? Furthermore, where is Caleb of the year 1789, because this Caleb is of the year 1791, unless there’s another type of time travel… And I just remembered that Kyle mentions he’s anxious to return to New York
and be a part of the war… but I thought once you go back in time you can’t go back to the future, or present or whatever…
Another thing, the names, what kind of thousands of years old vampire has a name such as Kyle? Because 4000 years ago, when the civilizations on earth were the Greek, the Egyptian, the Chinese, the Viking, the names Kyle or Caleb or Robert or Samantha or Samuel were very common… Seriously? Oh and Kendra (not the playboy mansion girl) is a very French name, and especially used in the 18th century… At least Sergei is a Russian name.
And Mozart? In 1791 playing in Venice
? Mozart became quickly and violently ill in the autumn of 1791, and finally died on December 5th 1791. When did he go to Venice to play for the vampire ball?
If you’re “mad” like me and can’t stand to not finish a book, please do not start reading the series, otherwise, you’ll find for yourself how poorly written the books are, how there’s no character development at all, and so many mistakes, either typo (wrong names in wrong places “Caitlin and Caitling” when it should have been “Caitlin and Caleb”) or no editing, and you’ll eventually stop reading.
But don’t let my review, stop you from reading it, just because I didn’t particularly enjoy it doesn’t mean you wont