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Subject: Is Stephanie Laurens Cynster family series worth reading?
Date Posted: 8/2/2010 4:55 PM ET
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I picked up the first two books but have hesitated starting them because I've mainly heard negative feedback.  I don't want another repeat of two or three Catherine Coulter series I picked up where I was bored out of my mind and skimmed all the books - happened once with Mary Balogh for me too. 

Thanks. 

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 6:35 PM ET
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Either u like an author's voice or u dont. That's for YOU to decide.

all I can say is that the series is at least 15 books last time i checked (it might be over 20 by now for all I know). Most reader stop after the first 9 or so because SL doesnt change her formula too much from bk to bk.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 6:45 PM ET
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I enjoyed them - but there are a lot and seton is correct - SL follows a formula.  The earlier ones are definitely some of my favorites.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 6:45 PM ET
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ITA with Seton.  You may like SL voice.  And you may like the overlapping characters.  I did at first.  Got repetitive after awhile....

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 6:50 PM ET
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I'll follow this thread too because I've never read her before and just got a trade size 2-1 of Devil's Bride and Rake's Vow at the UBS today :)
 

Cindy in VA

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 7:14 PM ET
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I enjoyed the first several but have to admit that now its getting repetitive.  I still pick up her books though.  

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 7:57 PM ET
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I liked the first one's very much, I  agree that the last 10 just got to be too much I skimmed the last 4.

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 8:33 PM ET
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She should have stopped at the core Cynsters.  I know I didn't like the other series too much: the bastion club

Date Posted: 8/2/2010 11:54 PM ET
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I kind of read her here and there as I come across them. The series doesn't have to be read in order.  If you read more than a couple in a row it'll feel like reading the same book over and over. But that's true for a lot of authors. 

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 12:07 AM ET
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The first one in this series is often considered the best. Try it and see if you feel like going on. I liked it okay, then found they got so repeitious so fast, I gave up after 2 or 3 more.

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 9:59 AM ET
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See, I actually preferred her Bastion club over the Cynsters-and to a certain extent, over the 2 "Bride" books that I've so far read.  I'm really tired of all those Cynsters and their numerous connections running around.  Heard that the 3rd Bride book is the best of the 3 so far, so I am looking forward to that-but it keeps getting displaced on my TBR pile.

Date Posted: 8/3/2010 10:29 AM ET
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Yeah it's a wonder how there's anyone left on the European Continent in her world that isn't a blood relation to the Cynsters. 

Date Posted: 8/5/2010 12:33 PM ET
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LOLOLOL, Mary!

I read some of the books in that series out of order and they got tiresome really soon so I haven't read a Laurens since. But like Seton said, maybe you'll like them...the first few were not bad.

Subject: I agree and offer a suggestion
Date Posted: 8/5/2010 2:55 PM ET
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I've read all of the Cynster series and enjoyed them because I didn't read them all in a row--but over a period of 2-3 years.

My recommendation is that you read one or two to see if you like her style.  If you do, then you could read a different one every few weeks or months,  That way they won't feel quite so repetitive as some have noted. 

I'm currently reading the Black Cobra series.  For these, I would offer the exact same advice because otherwise the "attacking cultists" become tiresome and redundant.  And, believe it or not, there are even some Cynsters popping up here and there...!

Hope that helps...

Laura

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 8:30 PM ET
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I read some of them and I enjoyed some of them. The earlier ones are definitely better than the later ones.

Date Posted: 8/25/2010 9:07 PM ET
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Honestly, they're great - at first.  I'm burned out to the core on Laurens though, and it's thanks to that series.  I adored them for about the first 6 or 7 that I read, and then I suddenly noticed they were all the same book with a couple of name changes:P