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Darkest Fear (Birthright) Hardcover – January 7, 2014
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Honestly, Darkest Fear is less YA, more NA, but not because of anything steamy. The romantic elements are actually very low-key, limited to two guys who would like to get in bed with Vivi and one of those guys getting a swoony kissing scene or two with her. It's NA as it should be: the story of someone figuring out their life when high school ended so recently. Vivi's parents are murdered on her eighteenth birthday and she moves from Florida to New Orleans so she can find some long-lost family, figure stuff out, and blaze her own trail. It just so happens that the whole she's-a-jaguar-person thing is among the stuff she has to figure out.
Readers get to know Vivi and her newfound family very well over the course of the book, but it can get a little boring at times. The cast gets a little too large to keep track of outside the main characters and there's less jaguaring, more job-searching, working, and everyday stuff at times. The slow pacing is usually forgivable since Vivi's resistance to her own nature is why there's not much jaguaring on her end. If I wanted to complain about that, I'd be saying I want Vivi to not be who she is and that's nothing close to what I want. Vivi as she is in this novel is a great main character and she's only going to get better!Read more ›
Like many of Cate's other series, she keeps you wanting more. There were a couple of hot and steamy moments I would love to see more of. This books is very similar to Cate's immortal series, where she gives you just enough to hook you. I could not put this book down. I can't wait until the next book!
As a reader of paranormal fiction, the "novelty" of certain subjects wears off. Don't get me wrong, I love reading books with vampires and werewolves and each seems to include some exciting twist, but I appreciate when I come across a fresh idea. In Darkest Fear, Cate Teirnan, inspired by the lore surrounding the jaguar, created the Haguari, a people who can manifest in jaguar form. I don't know about you, but jaguar-people is not something I come across often.
While the concept is exciting, the protagonist falls flat. "Vanilla" is the perfect description of Vivi. She has no fire, few quirks, and sulks all the time. It's pretty frustrating. After finding out about her Haguari heritage and nature, she shuns her loving parents and her culture completely. First, I want to shake her. SHE'S A JAGUAR. That's way cooler than being a college student, trust me. Second, she has parent's who love her dearly, yet she hates them and all they stand for. With her parent's death, Vivi becomes a shell, feeling only sorrow. Karma, man.
The story picks up with Vivi following a lead on an unknown family member to the quiet little town of New Orleans. She meets a group of Haguari that become family, gets a job at an eclectic coffee shop, has a thoroughly confusing romantic experience, and slowly takes back her life. However, the most thrilling part is the investigation of Haguari deaths that may be connected to her parent's murder.
Now that I got some of the rave out, it's time for more rant. I think Darkest Fear may have initially been released in phases or sections on some website or something. Why? THERE IS A SUMMARY AT THE BEGINNING OF ALMOST EVERY CHAPTER. Yelling aside, it irked me to no end.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love all or Cate Tiernan's books and cannot wait for the next one to be released.Published 10 months ago by Deanna J Kudas
I ADORE Cate Tiernan's books. I'm in love with the Sweep and Balefire series. Her young adult books are well written and epic. I couldn't put the Sweep series down for anything. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Andrea Heltsley
It was a really good book and I wish that there was a second book to the series of birthrightPublished 14 months ago by raven layne
It had a great story line for a series, but is lacking detail about her race. I was a tad upset that it is a continuous story plot with the soon to be sequel and has no resolution... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marina
While I love Cait Tiernan and grew up reading her Sweep series this book fell a little flat. A lot of exposition and repeated dialogue.Published 20 months ago by Nicole Martorana
Amazing as always! I have yet to read a book by Cate Tiernan that did not keep me turning pages til all hours of the night! She she is truly amazing!Published on July 9, 2014 by Mstevens918
Vivi, a reluctant jaguar shape shifter (haguara), is just like any other girl in that she just wants to be normal and fit in. Read morePublished on May 12, 2014 by Alice in Vunderland