- File Size: 1136 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (December 6, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 6, 2011
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005G023JU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,413 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sloan Skye is a genius FBI Intern, who lives with a genius chemist student roommate. Her mother is also extremely intelligent, and very quirky (the mother may, or may not have Schizophrenia. I'm banking that she doesn't). Her father was also extremely intelligent, but is no longer in the picture.
Skye seems to have only one other friend that may, or may not actually be her arch-enemy. He is actually her high school ex-boyfriend, and seems to be everywhere she is. Its borderline stalkerish. He is also extremely smart, and you are told by her that he may be smarter than her. Really does everyone in the book have to be a genius?????
What to me didn't really work was that she is supposed to be super intelligent, but I found that she seemed to not notice things that were right there if front of her. For a hopeful profiler that just didn't mesh to me. You can't be a dumb blonde and a super profiler at the same time. Take the ex he was supposed to have cheated on her in high school, yet for the last 5 years he has been her shadow (taken most of the classes she has, got a job at the FBI because she did, then transferred to the unit she worked with because she did, he got jealous of the other male agents, and helped her with her case) even though he's supposed to hate her. I found that odd from the beginning, and quickly realized he still liked her or never stopped. Though to Sloan it is an impossible suggestion even after all the help he gives her.
Skye is working with a new FBI group called the PBAU (paranormal behavioral Unit), which profiles cases that are of the occult. There are few agents in the group, and the ones that are there are suspicious. I was especially suspicious of super hot agent JT whom she is instantly attracted to. We have a setup for a love triangle between her, JT and Gabe the ex.
The action in this book is few and far between, mostly its mundane day to day stuff. You get a little quark thrown in from her mom, and roommate. The ending to me was very disappointing, but sets us up for another book.
The concept wasn't bad and most of the police procedural elements was accurate when it wasn't ignored or glossed over but the execution is left to be desired, and incredibly tried, tired and cliched. Unfortunately, everything else is yawn worthy, forgettable and amateurish. Not only that, if you've ever watched Criminal Minds, the police procedural element and cast from the TV show is put into this book with little variation other than names and adding pseudo supernatural elements into the crime with none of the intelligence or excitement. The author even includes quotes from famous people at the beginning of every chapter, just the way it's done for every episode of Criminal Minds. Rip off? Eh. More like fan fiction? Absolutely.
Sloan is supposed to be this super genius woman who doesn't act super genius at all. She gets thrown into the PBAU, half the time floundering between disbelief and going with the flow. She's got a mother with mental problems. Her father was a professor of the paranormal, which you'd think would make her rather knowledgeable by default, but no, she's clueless to the point of naive and painful to have to read her slough through her bungling. There is very little profiling, which is the whole point of the BAU. The BAU is supposed to support local LEO but there is very little of that interaction. Scene to scene movement was jarring and at times, meaningless and half-heartedly put together. Her 'team' is completely insular, caricatures of people you've read way too often and while not poorly rendered, just weren't interesting or compelling. Sloan was a likable enough female lead but not as a FBI profiler. The love interest 'Agent JT' is forced. The mystery plot, so slow to build and not very interesting since you as the reader aren't part of the solving part. You have no idea what's going on until a character reveals it so it's constantly stagnant. There are also all these threads that dangle and aren't cleaned up by the end. Plus, the paranormal/supernatural was just something to 'spice' it up and I even forgot it's supposed to be 'paranormal/supernatural', which wasn't even done that well either. Honestly, this book needed better beta readers because Blood of Eden COULD have been a solid, even interesting police procedural novel. It just wasn't. Dane couldn't decide if it was going to romance, police procedural and/or paranormal and it shows at every seam.
I suppose if you want a brainless easy read with mild paranormal elements and randomly thrown in and forced romance, than this book will do you just fine. Otherwise, don't bother with this lackluster, dull effort because there is better fan fiction out there than this.
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