- File Size: 962 KB
- Print Length: 390 pages
- Publisher: Laurann Dohner (December 22, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 22, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0186SCX9S
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,997 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If I had to name one drawback, it was the daunting and sometimes frustrating task of trying to keep the mixed races straight in my head and their history and how they affect the main characters. If you love Alpha Vampires and Lycans, this is the book for you. I'm not going to retell my own version of the synopsis for you, because I don't want to ruin the story for you. There is nothing weak about Dusti and I love how she goes toe to toe with Drantos. Geez, where can I find a Drantos of my own? LOL. I loved the pacing of the story and was pleasantly surprised to discover I actually loved this story enough to get all three books as a set. So, as someone who isn't normally fan of this kind of paranormal read, this author has made a believer out of me. Note: Just know that what happens to Bat and Dusti's story occur at the same time
Was really pleased to see a new series and snatched it up quickly..
But I was disappointed and won't be buying the second in the series unless I hit a dry-spell with my reading material.
There were some stretches in the story telling that didn't work well for me - ie how the identification of the sisters in the plane was made was shakily explained, and how it was so easy to track down the sisters, but their mother managed to disappear... there were more but I'd ruin the story.
Once Brantos' family entered the story and Dusti had to justify their relationship - it was a bit immature, the problems she faced were too manufactured and too unimaginative. And why is it so one sided and inflexible? It makes a group of people who are supposedly ancient and advanced, very petty and underdeveloped. The cultural rules too short sighted and archaic - sure they're an old people, but they live through change, surely they are affected by higher minded cultural changes taking place in the world around them?
Weakling mostly-human has to use her mouth or her womb to be worthy of her mate. Humans are readily persuaded to believe a bit of elaborate on the spot story telling. etc. Women and non-altered humans just tended to be portrayed as rather simple, single dimensional beings, and it makes what was a potentially great series a bit boring.
I also dislike that spunky women are over-charactarised as shoe throwing banshees - it's a little demeaning. Women are more complex than that. We don't have to be in-your-face-overly-aggressive in order to be strong or assertive, or kick-ass. It's a very unsophisticated portrayal of a character.
And the references later where then men folk chuckle over the amusing non-threat of violence to their manhood (because they're so strong, and the women are so tiny - but aren't they feisty anyway, hawhawhaw) is so smug. In the New Species it featured as well, but due to the world building and history and animalistic influences, it was more in line with the characters, and didn't come across quite the same way - perhaps because of the innocence and confusion of the New Species.
I did like the initial sex scenes - I love Laurann's sex-scenes, though I find they start off strong, but lose some spice as the book proceeds, become a little labored - by the end, when everything is rosey and they're having "aren't we so happy together" sex - I tend to skim it.
I did like that Dusti resolved her own issues - in a way - with her grandfather and it wasn't helpless female needing big strong male to the rescue.
Overall, it's Laurann Dohner - I haven't hated a book by her yet. But, it's not the best I have read.
In my opinion, the female lead just annoyed me to no end. For the first part of the book I just wanted to strangle her. She starts to grate less toward the middle of the book and then I notice that the male lead just doesn't really develop enough to make me invest in his character. The story line kept my interested but I was not riveted. The world building wasn't really there. Honestly, the whole thing seemed a bit rushed. So a decent read if you like really whiny female protagonists.