Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Empowered 4 - The Grey Review

Grey Rating: C-

There are two ways to review something. One is to judge it standalone, strictly on it's own merits. The other is to judge based on comparisons with similar items. I prefer to do the latter when applicable, and I believe it's applicable here.

Emp 4, frankly, was disappointing. Not bad, per se, just... far less than I expected. In many ways, however, it's a victim of it's own success. Emp 1 was excellent, and justly deserved a "A". Emp 2 was simply awesome. A freakin' plus. Emp 3 was a solid "B".

Emp 4 has bondage, just not enough. The stories with our damsel, or some other damsel, gagged and bound are short. Almost like... I don't know... after thoughts. Only one story line stands out, and it's one that has our heroine being a terminal cancer kid's "make-a-wish" wish. Inventive to say the least and it could have been great, but it ends way too soon.

What we DO get is a loooong ending story that really goes nowhere, and a middle story that features... wait for it... a dude in high heels and a kinky female maid's outfit.

No, I'm not kidding, and that's not a misprint.

Adam, if you read this, I am speaking just for myself, but I feel confident when I say that I speak for many others when I beg you to please knock it off with the homo stuff. You wanna make a book about that subject, be my guest. More power to you, but kindly keep it out of the Empowered series.

Ending this, my guess is that, for some reason, Adam is forgetting his target audience here. Perhaps he wanted to see if people bought his Empowered series for the dialogue and/or art, or the hot chick(s) in bondage. Note to Adam: It's all about the bondage dude.


Buy Empowered 4 if you have $15 to spare and you want to continue the series, but just keep in mind it's below average when compared to the other books.