Monday, 6 April 2015

Book: Maiden and the Monster by Michelle M Pillow

Title: Maiden and the Monster
Author: Michelle M Pillow
From: Review Copy
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: 1st July 2012
Challenges: N/A
Links: Goodreads - Amazon

Vladamir has a reputation as a bit of a monster, one that he wants to keep. When a young maiden is found outside his castle, his first instinct is to leave her to die, but his servents persuade him otherwise. When Eden awakes from her coma she feels an attraction towards the dark and mysterious Vladamir, and despite everything he seems to be attracted to her as well...

Monster and the Maiden had a different feel to the other Michelle M Pillow books that I've read, probably to do with the different genre writing (well historical rather than paranormal or sci-fi romances). I enjoyed it just as much as the other books, and quickly got pulled into the world that Vladamir and Eden lived in.

Personally I thought that Maiden and the Monster had influences of Beauty and the Beast in it, though they didn't come across strongly it was more a hint. I liked the way that it worked with the story, as well as the way that Eden progressed from ill, to prisoner, to love interest.

The romance between Eden and Vladamir was good. It started with tension between them which neither of them realised that the otheer one felt, but progressed to something more. It was a fairly slow burn though when they actually reacted on the tension the scenes got quite heated. It progressed well and felt like a realistic relationship. This did include Vladamir being super sweet at times without even realising it!

The setting worked well, with the customs and practices of the time period coming through strongly, both in the descriptions of the clothing, the castle and the way that men and women interact with each other. Despite it being clear that it was a man's world, Eden got quite progressive treatment from Vladamir at the same time as it not coming across against the times.

The secondary characters also worked well, and they interacted with the main characters in a way that brought out more of their characteristics (including the fatherly instincts, which without I think Vladamir would have appeared a bit harsher to some of the characters.

Maiden and the Monster was a good read, I really enjoyed it!