Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Book review: Teacher Plus Two by Valentina Heart

Teacher Plus Two (In the Eyes, #2)Teacher Plus Two by Valentina Heart

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not sure what possessed me to get this ARC from NetGalley. But I'm glad I did. I wasn't sure in the  beginning, because I was under the mistaken impression that Orrin (a Teacher who is tasked with educating sexually inexperienced captives on a slave ship) was about to deflower a young boy, Fai. It was a relief to find out that Fai, while child-like in many ways, was an Adult. Whew! It's my own issue that makes me look at a diminutive cuddler as a kid, but Heart does a convincing job of convincing me otherwise.

Many other reviewers have so eloquently reviewed Teacher Plus Two, that I really don't have much more to add. I loved the world-building in this book and want to know more about its politics. I really want to know how slavery came about in this world and how the slavers are getting away with this crime. Certainly some of the worlds of the missing are searching for their kidnapped citizens? I'm sure greed has everything to do with it, but I want to know more about universe with such an extensive slave trade.

My greatest delight with Teacher Plus Two is the description of the different species in the story. Orrin is human, but his violet eyes tell us something more about how humans have evolved (well, the eyes, and their sexual habits). Hara reminds me of Patrick Duffy as the Man from Atlantis (yeah, dating myself , there) and the leonine Fai was too cuddly for words. And then there's Kamari who is black and white, but turns out in shades of gray to my mind, as I both sympathize with him and want to spurn him for commoditizing his love (obsession, really) for Hara. Oh, and the interspecies loving? Hot, hot, hot (and yeah, if tentacles are ever involved you have my rapt attention, hehehe).

Any misgivings I might have had in  the beginning of Teacher Plus Two were quickly quelled. This book was much more complex than the first pages implied. I found myself riveted until the end, and I can't wait to find out what happens in the next In The Eyes

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