Bitter Heart Kindle Þ Paperback

Bitter Heart Kindle Þ Paperback


4 thoughts on “Bitter Heart

  1. P. Industry P. Industry says:

    This book is enjoyable as long as you walk in with your eyes openJulian is the princess of a doomed planet An invasion fleet has swept into her planetary system intent on deposing her family murdering her people and pillaging her world Normally a political outsider and a psychicmagic healer by trade and training she is tapped for a desperate mission get off world to the Galaxy United Nations not actual name to summon outside help To do so Julian boards a smuggler's ship and begins a desperate journey across spaceAnd there is a romanceSignificant spoilers will be presented below and will not be under cuts You have been warnedThis book feels fragmented I say this with real regret as in many ways it works On the one hand there is what I have outlined above in detail the political drama of Royalty seeking allies hunted by relentless foes This works exceptionally well for roughly half the book The world building gets a little information dumpy sometimes but nothing immersion breaking or lecturing The rules introduced for the magicpsychic stuff are consistent and are not used to deus ex machina the characters out of any major problemIndeed and this is a fairly good segway here the magicpsychic stuff is almost entirely used to drive forward the romance It does act as the McGuffin which drives the enemy pursuit but it could just have easily been entirely about her being royalty Realistically what it is USED for in plot is the romance AlasThe romance is difficult to enjoy in places Clarice the pilot of the smuggler vessel is a tremendous childish bitch for the first half of the novel The author is well aware of this It is even lampshaded multiple times that she is acting this way for little to no reason she is just a bitch Alas alas All the warmth and good feeling an audience needs to gift to this character to make the romance work came a little unstuck It was still there mostly because she was perfectly lovely to her crewmates But god sometimes someone needed to slap herJulian was nice but bland Like oatmeal Healthy and there's nothing wrong with it Too much and you feel kind of gluggy though Her infreuent bouts of amusing sarcasm rescued her for me without those sharp edges she would be a clump of all American sacrificial loveliness At a critical moment in the book Julian's magic binds them together forever Interestingly it's less soulmates than you'll do mates which I appreciate Anyway I say this bonding is a critical moment because before this moment C and J are two people who loathe each other No real rapprochement has been effected But afterwards well I would say Clarice almost has a personality transplant because it is that dramatic a shift It wasn't out of character in that we knew she had the capacity for tenderness but geeze it still felt odd There needed to be a gradual softening before I reckon The romance feels like the author had a series of scenes of conflict between the two before and then after as they adjusted but didn't really know how to tie them together in a coherent way Some of the shifts in tone were abrupt; for example one scene of emotional turmoil resolved itself in reconciliation before fading to black only to resume immediate with the two back to where they had been before That was very difficult to processI have to talk about the ending as well because well it was a bold authorial choice Some people are born great some chose greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them right? And apparently some folks are born chose and have greatness thrust upon them only to think you know what? Nah fuck it All those people depending on me can find a new leader and symbol I'm going to take the evil dictator's offer and bugger off with my space wife I was genuinely thrown by this All of your refugee population reliant on your personal royal bank accounts all those looking to you for leadership against the evil Babwe hmmm And it was done in about the last four pages of the book Maybe I just profoundly misunderstood what was going on there No genuinely if I simply misunderstood then I will edit in other people's thoughts about that I found it weird as wellAnyway it's well written I liked it It was entertaining Just some things puzzle the mindThree stars


  2. Nolly Sepulveda Nolly Sepulveda says:

    I thought this was another winner for Ms Griggs I enjoy reading sci fi and this had just the right elements I also enjoy the push and pull between soon to be partners it makes things that much interesting I felt for Julian as she watched news of her home world and the destruction Hope to read


  3. Megan Nixon-sandberg Megan Nixon-sandberg says:

    Spoilers aheadThe Lion King would have been a crappy story indeed if it had ended with Simba leaving his home to their own devices after Scar tells Simba to get out of the pride lands That's pretty much what happens here The main character the last sovereign of her home planet after invaders murder the royal family and enslave the population she makes an exodus to the trade center planet to ask for assistence She is her planet's only hope and this is her driving motivation through the whole story she makes an appeal to the council only to be ambushed afterward by the very dictator who took over her planet He threatens her tells her it's useless to appeal for her planet and if she just runs away and never comes back he'll let her live and she does Four pages left of the book and she abandons her people her uest and just runs away with her space girlfriend Uh?? The book was decent Up until that ending which just felt weak Disappointing If it turns out the author is writing a seuel to rectify this terrible ending I'll rescind my bad review it was just so disappointing to be invested with the story only to have it end like that


  4. Lisa Williams Lisa Williams says:

    I think this is the first Mary Griggs book I’ve read I will read Some science fiction is so far out there I just can’t see it as possible This one had a couple of things that I had to make myself believe but the story and yin yang of the two main protagonists drew me in and kept me entertained


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Bitter Heart ➺ Bitter Heart Free ➰ Author Mary Griggs – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk When her home planet is invaded by the Babwe royal daughter Julian escapes aboard a trade ship She must get to the Unity planet and persuade the system government to intervene before all of her people When her home planet is invaded by the Babwe royal daughter Julian escapes aboard a trade ship She must get to the Unity planet and persuade the system government to intervene before all of her people are slaughtered or enslaved Julian discovers allies than she expected but her choices have deadly conseuences back home With the fate of her people in the balance can Julian work fast enough to save them Genre Romance Science FictionEditor JoSelle VanderhooftCover Designer Judith Fellows.

  • Paperback
  • 276 pages
  • Bitter Heart
  • Mary Griggs
  • English
  • 14 December 2014

About the Author: Mary Griggs

Mary Griggs spent over ten years running bookstores for Borders Books and Music before turning her attention toward nonprofit management Currently she is a partner in a non profit consulting firm with offices in Oakland California and New Orleans Louisiana She is ecstatic to announce that her first novel Unbroken Circle has been published by Bella Books.


4 thoughts on “Bitter Heart

  1. P. Industry P. Industry says:

    This book is enjoyable as long as you walk in with your eyes openJulian is the princess of a doomed planet An invasion fleet has swept into her planetary system intent on deposing her family murdering her people and pillaging her world Normally a political outsider and a psychicmagic healer by trade and training she is tapped for a desperate mission get off world to the Galaxy United Nations not actual name to summon outside help To do so Julian boards a smuggler's ship and begins a desperate journey across spaceAnd there is a romanceSignificant spoilers will be presented below and will not be under cuts You have been warnedThis book feels fragmented I say this with real regret as in many ways it works On the one hand there is what I have outlined above in detail the political drama of Royalty seeking allies hunted by relentless foes This works exceptionally well for roughly half the book The world building gets a little information dumpy sometimes but nothing immersion breaking or lecturing The rules introduced for the magicpsychic stuff are consistent and are not used to deus ex machina the characters out of any major problemIndeed and this is a fairly good segway here the magicpsychic stuff is almost entirely used to drive forward the romance It does act as the McGuffin which drives the enemy pursuit but it could just have easily been entirely about her being royalty Realistically what it is USED for in plot is the romance AlasThe romance is difficult to enjoy in places Clarice the pilot of the smuggler vessel is a tremendous childish bitch for the first half of the novel The author is well aware of this It is even lampshaded multiple times that she is acting this way for little to no reason she is just a bitch Alas alas All the warmth and good feeling an audience needs to gift to this character to make the romance work came a little unstuck It was still there mostly because she was perfectly lovely to her crewmates But god sometimes someone needed to slap herJulian was nice but bland Like oatmeal Healthy and there's nothing wrong with it Too much and you feel kind of gluggy though Her infreuent bouts of amusing sarcasm rescued her for me without those sharp edges she would be a clump of all American sacrificial loveliness At a critical moment in the book Julian's magic binds them together forever Interestingly it's less soulmates than you'll do mates which I appreciate Anyway I say this bonding is a critical moment because before this moment C and J are two people who loathe each other No real rapprochement has been effected But afterwards well I would say Clarice almost has a personality transplant because it is that dramatic a shift It wasn't out of character in that we knew she had the capacity for tenderness but geeze it still felt odd There needed to be a gradual softening before I reckon The romance feels like the author had a series of scenes of conflict between the two before and then after as they adjusted but didn't really know how to tie them together in a coherent way Some of the shifts in tone were abrupt; for example one scene of emotional turmoil resolved itself in reconciliation before fading to black only to resume immediate with the two back to where they had been before That was very difficult to processI have to talk about the ending as well because well it was a bold authorial choice Some people are born great some chose greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them right? And apparently some folks are born chose and have greatness thrust upon them only to think you know what? Nah fuck it All those people depending on me can find a new leader and symbol I'm going to take the evil dictator's offer and bugger off with my space wife I was genuinely thrown by this All of your refugee population reliant on your personal royal bank accounts all those looking to you for leadership against the evil Babwe hmmm And it was done in about the last four pages of the book Maybe I just profoundly misunderstood what was going on there No genuinely if I simply misunderstood then I will edit in other people's thoughts about that I found it weird as wellAnyway it's well written I liked it It was entertaining Just some things puzzle the mindThree stars

  2. Nolly Sepulveda Nolly Sepulveda says:

    I thought this was another winner for Ms Griggs I enjoy reading sci fi and this had just the right elements I also enjoy the push and pull between soon to be partners it makes things that much interesting I felt for Julian as she watched news of her home world and the destruction Hope to read

  3. Megan Nixon-sandberg Megan Nixon-sandberg says:

    Spoilers aheadThe Lion King would have been a crappy story indeed if it had ended with Simba leaving his home to their own devices after Scar tells Simba to get out of the pride lands That's pretty much what happens here The main character the last sovereign of her home planet after invaders murder the royal family and enslave the population she makes an exodus to the trade center planet to ask for assistence She is her planet's only hope and this is her driving motivation through the whole story she makes an appeal to the council only to be ambushed afterward by the very dictator who took over her planet He threatens her tells her it's useless to appeal for her planet and if she just runs away and never comes back he'll let her live and she does Four pages left of the book and she abandons her people her uest and just runs away with her space girlfriend Uh?? The book was decent Up until that ending which just felt weak Disappointing If it turns out the author is writing a seuel to rectify this terrible ending I'll rescind my bad review it was just so disappointing to be invested with the story only to have it end like that

  4. Lisa Williams Lisa Williams says:

    I think this is the first Mary Griggs book I’ve read I will read Some science fiction is so far out there I just can’t see it as possible This one had a couple of things that I had to make myself believe but the story and yin yang of the two main protagonists drew me in and kept me entertained

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