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Coping: A Paranormal Novella (Girl With Broken Wings) Kindle Edition
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That being said, just because it's a novella, does not take away from the greatness of the story. I hope you've read Falling. If not, you should. GO GRAB THAT BOOK RIGHT UP!... Good, now that we're on the same page, this novella picks up right where Falling leaves off. We get to continue with Maya's story and how she's dealing with the changes in her life.
I love stories that really help you get to know the characters. This is definitely a great piece for that! J. has done a fantastic job on packing her characters into the story- even if it's short.
This is the kind of tale that leaves you desperately wanting the next piece... any piece. Okay, you'll take the leftover scraps, just give you something! Kind of book!
You check it out... and if you've not started the series, grab the beginning of it with Falling.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*
The non-stop action continues in this novella, which also serves the purpose of giving readers more background on the Fox brothers, as well as Maya, their half-sister.
This exciting new series gripped me from page 1 of the first book, Falling! In spite of the grim futuristic setting, I was drawn deeper and deeper into the plight of Maya and her half-brothers with every single page.
The novella is no different. This trio of unlikely vigilantes embarks on a very dangerous journey, with Maya now being tentatively included as more than just a lookout. She does make some mistakes at first, but her brothers -- even Tarren, surprisingly enough -- cut her some slack, and, with her help, they are able to make, as the synopsis puts it, 'a horrifying discovery'.
I did find that part of the book a bit hard to take, due to its rather graphic detail. However, I'm too invested in the characters and the whole story by now to stop reading this series!
These three siblings have such a perfect combination of good and bad points. Maya is insecure, snarky, and rather quirky, but she is also kind and loving. She's having a hard time learning how to be tough, although she does want revenge on the angel responsible for her current condition. Tarren is very bitter and cynical, but he also has a hidden well of compassion. As for Gabe.....oh, I just adore Gabe! He's the one who acts as a sort of buffer between Maya and Tanner. I love how he persists in giving his sister the benefit of the doubt, in spite of the danger she obviously poses. I love how he stands up for her whenever Tarren makes one of his cynical remarks about her.
In spite of the tension created by the presence of Maya, the brothers work things out between themselves, and with her. As they start to go on missions together, their bond grows, and even Tanner begins to treat Maya more like a sister. What a poignant, touching contrast to their grim, mostly joyless, existence, which is broken only by Gabe's wonderfully silly Chuck Norris jokes and seemingly nonchalant attitude....
Although this is only a novella, it's as fully realized as a full-length novel. Bennett's writing and characterizations are as skillful as I discovered them to be in the first book. Furthermore, the book has very nicely filled in some much-needed information, such as the story of Maya's birth, which I was curious about.
Bennett's world is not a pleasant one, to be sure, but she definitely makes her readers care for and about her characters, as they continue their grim quest to rid the world of these so-called 'angels', who are really scientifically-enhanced-humans-turned-monsters.
I'm heartily looking forward to the second book, "Landing", and beyond that, to the third, "Rising"!
Coping starts with Maya and her brothers ending a mission and beginning a new one. They are hunting down angels one by one, but they have no idea how many were made. The new job they are on is a simple one or so they think. We they find him, it is worse than what they thought. They are under prepared, but when has that ever stopped Maya’s brothers. Maya’s brother’s been through a lot of hard situations, but they still get up every morning and try to make the world a safer place. Even if Tarren never smiles.
In Coping we get to see Tarren maybe warming up to Maya and by that I mean there are less scowls. Lol Tarren and Gabe actually let Maya be a part of a mission. Maya reflects on her past and makes big decisions for her future. I recommend reading Coping before Landing because I think you need to have an idea of what’s going on with everyone and what their mindset is.
Overall: A short read that not only let’s us see progress in Maya’s relationship with her brothers, but also Maya taking a stand.
The character development is much greater defined. You get to be inside her head a bit more and can understand her a bit more.
All in all, a great short story, with some unique aspects. Again it is very short for a second installment in the story and it really doesn't help answer any questions you may have or give you a clear idea of where the story is going. Also beware the language in Coping is quite a bit more risque than in Falling with a pronounced use of the F bomb.
I would consider this a great stepping stone to book 3. But I was a little let down by it not being longer. I give this book 3.5 stars for not answering my questions from book 1 and for being very short.
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