The reader is forced to accept that abnormal events such as levitation, telekinesis and talking with the dead take place in the real world. The writer does not invent a new world or describe in great detail new creatures, as is usual in Fantasy; on the contrary, the author abstains from explaining the fantastic events to avoid making them feel extraordinary. It is often regarded as a genre exclusive to Latin American literature , but some of its chief exponents include English authors.
A mystery story follows an investigator as they attempt to solve a puzzle often a crime. For example, in the case of a crime mystery the perpetrator and motive behind the crime are revealed and the perpetrator is brought to justice. Mystery novels are often written in series, which facilitates a more in-depth development of the primary investigator. Paranoid fiction is works of literature that explore the subjective nature of reality and how it can be manipulated by forces in power.
These forces can be external, such as a totalitarian government, or they can be internal, such as a character's mental illness or refusal to accept the harshness of the world they are in. Philosophical fiction is fiction in which a significant proportion of the work is devoted to a discussion of the sort of questions normally addressed in discursive philosophy.
These might include the function and role of society, the purpose of life, ethics or morals, the role of art in human lives, and the role of experience or reason in the development of knowledge. Philosophical fiction works would include the so-called novel of ideas, including a significant proportion of science fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, and Bildungsroman. The modus operandi seems to be to use a normal story to simply explain difficult and dark parts of human life. Political fiction is a subgenre of fiction that deals with political affairs.
Political fiction has often used narrative to provide commentary on political events, systems and theories. Works of political fiction often "directly criticize an existing society or Equally influential, if not more so, have been earlier pieces of political fiction such as Gulliver's Travels , Candide and Uncle Tom's Cabin Political fiction frequently employs the literary modes of satire, often in the genres of Utopian and dystopian fiction or social science fiction.
The term "romance" has multiple meanings ; historical romances like those of Walter Scott would use the term to mean "a fictitious narrative in prose or verse; the interest of which turns upon marvellous and uncommon incidents". Beyond the focus on the relationship, the biggest defining characteristic of the romance genre is that a happy ending is always guaranteed They were written in the Old Norse language, mainly in Iceland. The texts are epic tales in prose, often with stanzas or whole poems in alliterative verse embedded in the text, of heroic deeds of days long gone, tales of worthy men, who were often Vikings, sometimes Pagan, sometimes Christian.
The tales are usually realistic, except legendary sagas, sagas of saints, sagas of bishops and translated or recomposed romances. They are sometimes romanticised and fantastic, but always dealing with human beings one can understand. Often strictly defined as a literary genre or form , though in practice it is also found in the graphic and performing arts. In satire , human or individual vices, follies, abuses, or shortcomings are held up to censure by means of ridicule, derision, burlesque , irony , or other methods, ideally with the intent to bring about improvement.
Satire is usually meant to be funny, but its purpose is not primarily humour as an attack on something the author disapproves of, using wit. A common, almost defining feature of satire is its strong vein of irony or sarcasm , but parody , burlesque, exaggeration, juxtaposition, comparison, analogy, and double entendre all frequently appear in satirical speech and writing. The essential point, is that "in satire, irony is militant.
Science fiction is similar to fantasy , except stories in this genre use scientific understanding to explain the universe that it takes place in. It generally includes or is centered on the presumed effects or ramifications of computers or machines ; travel through space , time or alternate universes ; alien life-forms; genetic engineering ; or other such things. The science or technology used may or may not be very thoroughly elaborated on; stories whose scientific elements are reasonably detailed, well-researched and considered to be relatively plausible given current knowledge and technology are often referred to as hard science fiction.
In Indian cinema terminology, social films or simply socials are films with a contemporary setting, as opposed to those with mythological and period settings. Speculative fiction speculates about worlds that are unlike the real world in various important ways. In these contexts, it generally overlaps one or more of the following: science fiction, fantasy fiction , horror fiction , supernatural fiction , superhero fiction , utopian and dystopian fiction , apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction , and alternate history.
Suppositional fiction is a subcategory in which stories and characters are constrained within an internally consistent world, but this category is not necessarily associated with any particular genre. A Thriller is a story that is usually a mix of fear and excitement. It has traits from the suspense genre and often from the action , adventure or mystery genres, but the level of terror makes it borderline horror fiction at times as well. It generally has a dark or serious theme, which also makes it similar to drama.
Urban fiction , also known as street lit , is a literary genre set, as the name implies, in a city landscape; however, the genre is as much defined by the race and culture of its characters as the urban setting. The tone for urban fiction is usually dark, focusing on the underside. Profanity all of George Carlin 's seven dirty words and urban variations thereof , sex and violence are usually explicit, with the writer not shying away from or watering-down the material. In this respect, urban fiction shares some common threads with dystopian or survivalist fiction.
In the second wave of urban fiction, some variations of this model have been seen. The heroine is so paranoid due to an incident in her past, but has sex with a stranger who breaks into her room while on vacation. She trusts him way too early. And he is some big bad spy - why does he trust her? There is no lead up to their sex either - no tension. The heroine comes across flat and I feel like we don't get to know the hero.
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A miss for me. Jul 17, Stacie rated it liked it Shelves: , smut , fiction , romance , thriller , netgalley-read. I loved the first series by this writing duo but this standalone just wasn't up to the same level as that series. Still had great MCs and sassiness and hotness but missed some of the charm of the No Weddings series. Nov 26, Jennifer rated it did not like it. Arc received for review DNF I can't I'm bored. On to the next book. A truly brilliant read, I loved it!!!! Oh hello world of dangerous spies and subterfuge!
Of course, is anything really as it seems? The first few chapters had me a little confused, but I quickly picked up what Kat was putting down and I realized I was supposed to be a little confused. The entire book is a question of whether things are r Oh hello world of dangerous spies and subterfuge! The entire book is a question of whether things are really as they look and I sort of loved it. I loved the layers of danger, sexual chemistry, logic, and betrayal that make up this modern day brainiac James Bond story. I quickly became invested in the characters and fell into the world of spies right along side Devin.
Alec is more than welcome to get under my cover s anytime…. Jul 14, Nice and Naughty Book Club rated it really liked it. Devin lives in darkness all the time, constantly hiding her true self from everyone around her. She feels like she needs something more out of her life but isn't quite sure how to find that missing piece. Luckily the missing piece finds her and her life is turned upside down by the sexy man who breaks into her hotel suite and opens her eyes to a whole new world she knows she won't be able to live without.
Devin's perspective of her surroundings is heightened thanks to her genius IQ and the way th Devin lives in darkness all the time, constantly hiding her true self from everyone around her. Devin's perspective of her surroundings is heightened thanks to her genius IQ and the way the scenes are described in detail through Devin's eyes really added a different level to understanding her character. She's quirky, a little awkward but also real and loveable. Even though I knew a twist was coming I couldn't quite pick it and I felt Devin's betrayal right along side her when she found out her whole life has been one big lie.
If you like action and suspense thrown into your romance stories with a bit of quirk and a whole lot of steam then I suggest you get your hands on The Espionage Effect now!!! Jul 09, Chris C - A Midlife Wife rated it it was amazing Shelves: reviews , romance , suspense , espionage , thriller , ebooks , adult-romance , military-action.
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I have not had the pleasure of reading a book by this couple before. I was hooked in by the combination of genre's and was interested to see how one could balance this type of story line. What I found was a book that covers so many levels of emotion and depth of characters that this is going to be a difficult review to write. The authors have created characters that are intelligent, emotionally flawed, but connected on many levels. The romance is smoking hot but their conversations are deep and e I have not had the pleasure of reading a book by this couple before.
The romance is smoking hot but their conversations are deep and even humorous at times. The intelligence of both of these characters makes this such an interesting read. No boring cookie cutter book here! The storyline combines so many different levels of mystery, suspense, and deep betrayal that you literally cannot fathom what is coming next.
I love how the authors always keep you on your toes and wrap your mind into nooks and crannies of what is happening and what might be coming next. Some crazy vacation! While on some levels parts of the story could not really happen I cannot decide what I love more; the characters brains and innate understanding for each other or the suspenseful story itself. While there is no cliffhanger, there is an opening left for a possible sequel??? I can only hope! I fell hard for this book and the authors. Definitely one to grab and I am totally grabbing up their other books too!
May 24, Anima rated it it was amazing Shelves: adventure , hot-romance. A gorgeous female spy? James Bond's got nothing on Devin! Devin Hill is on a dream vacation to find herself and let loose, maybe have a latin fling. Little does she know a chance meeting will change her life forever and may not be as coincidental as she thinks. Alec is a beautiful man, a spy with answers and more secrecy.
There was so much in this story it's difficult to pinpoint a favorite scene or storyline. The imagery described is detailed and precise, I felt like I was at the resort. Devin' A gorgeous female spy? Devin's monologues are in depth and crazy brilliant as we grow to understand her genius.
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Her mind works in a different way by processing and analyzing everything to the point that she shuts down. The spy gadgets are absolutely fabulous - the sexy glasses Alec wears are a must! The twists and turns come together beautifully, choreographed perfectly. If you've read the No Weddings series you already like these authors and you'll love this book. The thrill of their adventures and her discoveries make this one of the best romance suspense books I've read this year.
My copy was given by the authors for my honest review, thank you!
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May 18, 2kasmom rated it it was amazing. Devin Hill goes on vacation with her roommate Anna to a exotic location for the Christmas holidays. There, she keeps running into Alec Marquez - yes, even literally. He is quite the handsome charmer, but even Devin knows 3 times in 1 day is no longer coincidence. He is finding himself attracted to the intelligent Devin and when they see each other all the time In this case, it is sh Devin Hill goes on vacation with her roommate Anna to a exotic location for the Christmas holidays.
In this case, it is show up in her hotel room bleeding and needing assistance, since Devin stabbed him. Devin came to this location to find herself and have a fling. Now a man appears that she is absolutely hot for - so she starts thinking that at least she can get her some sexy time. Anna finds someone she is interested in also. Lots of secrets and lots of shadows with this amazingly suspenseful story.
I found the characters banter to be fun and sexy. They have to band together to go against the evil bad guys. Such a great book! I cannot wait to find out if it has a sequel! May 18, Autumn rated it really liked it Shelves: reviewed Devin Hill is off-the-charts intelligent. So when a much-needed vacation with her best friend takes an unexpected turn, she should be prepared to deal with anything.
She was never prepared for this. After the loss of her twin sister at a very young age, her parents relentlessly groomed her for greatness.
Archery lessons, puzzles and intricate brain games were nothing out of the ordinary for her. And now th Devin Hill is off-the-charts intelligent. Alec seems like the perfect summer fling — gorgeous, intense and mysterious. When Devin throws caution to the wind and enters into a passionate affair with him, she can never imagine just how many secrets that one man can hold. The Espionage Effect is one of those books that will hook you on so many different levels!
It mixes the best of erotic romance, romantic comedy and mystery with an ending that you will never see coming to create a unique reading experience that only Kat and Stone could bring to marvelous life. If being a spy is truly half as exciting as this, sign me up… Jul 29, Casey rated it liked it. Thank you to the Bastions and Netgalley for providing a copy for review. The No Weddings series was hilarious, east to read and just flat out an awesome read all the way through.
The Espionage Effect did not have the comedic relief I have come to enjoy from the Bastions which is not necessarily a bad thing considering this book is supposed to be more serious, suspensefu Thank you to the Bastions and Netgalley for providing a copy for review. The Espionage Effect did not have the comedic relief I have come to enjoy from the Bastions which is not necessarily a bad thing considering this book is supposed to be more serious, suspenseful and a whole lot of spy guy-ish. This was just not the book for me. I had a hard time connecting to the characters and the story.
The book picks up speed and content at about half way through and I was interested to see how everything would play out. I will continue to pick up every book the Bastions publish as I think they create brilliant and entertaining books. Jul 13, Hopelessly Devoted rated it really liked it. Rather than following her parents advice and settling into a nice safe job Enter the enigmatic Alec! Instantly there was more chemistry than a mentos dropped in a bottle of diet coke! When she finds out he's a spy she instantly wants in and the two join forces and What did i think? The plot, while a little busy for my liking, was well planned and thought out.
The characters were believable and the author's descriptive powers set the scene perfectly.
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May 18, Renee rated it really liked it Shelves: read , arc. I devoured the No Weddings series, so when I heard the husband and wife duo had another book out, I jumped at the chance to read it. The Espionage Effect is a romantic suspense, so has a completely different feel to the No Weddings books. The romance scenes are a bit darker as in "in the dark" - think blindfolded or lights switched off and just as raunchy. There was no huge info dump at the beginning, so I enjoyed finding out more and more as the book went on. I loved Devin's "smart mouth" and I devoured the No Weddings series, so when I heard the husband and wife duo had another book out, I jumped at the chance to read it.
I loved Devin's "smart mouth" and found her a likable character. As for Alec I've had my fix of alpha male. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jul 13, Danielle Goodwin rated it really liked it. It's an action-adventure romance. It had some very erotic scenes. Probably the most well-described first kiss scene that I've ever read.
Alec is a total hottie! Devin is so smart and tough, I didn't realize at first that Devin was a girl's name! The version I read was a very early one and needed more editing. I can't wait to read Geneva's story! Jul 07, WiLoveBooks rated it really liked it Shelves: review-copy , read This was a little slow to start but even though it seemed to take a while for things to get going, it was all important.
Devin is a little different. She is a genius and see things differently than other people. She goes on vacation but gets more than she bargained for. There is plenty of action and lots of twists. It felt a little rushed toward the end, and a bit unfinished. I'm thinking this is the beginning of a series perhaps. I enjoyed it. Sep 13, C.
I loved it - BUT - it would have been better written as an adult novel. The 'new adult' was a little jarring for me. Eventually an Englishman came up with Jack Reacher.
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