- Series: Avian Shifters
- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: Kim Dare; 2 edition (August 11, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1910081132
- ISBN-13: 978-1910081136
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 70 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,416,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Duck! (Avian Shifters) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 11, 2015
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I admit I hated the whole class system especially the fact that the lower classes seemed to much like slaves. I hated the bullying that went on and never felt like their was any changes even when they discovered just how wrong they were about Ori.
I did like the ending though and the way the whole thing was resolved between Ori and Reynard.
It was amusing to finally meet a shifter who wasn't an alpha...most urban fantasy/paranormal romance pastiches make a big production over how dominant the shifter character is. It feels as if there may have an original rough draft of this that the author decided was too rapey...the story seems to start out with some dubious consent but has scenes grafted on that seem to exist largely to establish consent.
It is a little problematic to combine extreme "Master Slave" dynamic out of S&M with a class based society and a character considered a minor by the rules of his society (although NOT by ours). The extreme BDSM elements undermine the semblance of a plot. If the Dom didn't go quite so far it could be a "rescuing from slavery/abuse" story that would have worked better.
I've got to admit that I wasn't fully invested for a little while. I just wasn't connecting with Ori and Raynard. I don't know why. But I was reading along when all of a sudden I was struck by the incredible connection between them and my heart got stuck in my throat. From that point on i was a goner. I was in love with these two. So i was shattered by what happened after Ori's first shift. Not many books can make me cry like this one did. I really can't find the words that I want to say right now. The only one that comes to mind is stellar. That's what this book is.
And there's a second book? For Everet? Yes please!!!!
The only reason I gave more than one star - the premise of this book was good, the avian shifters, the "ugly duckling" twist, even the way they met and got together could have been amazing. Could have.
This is an excellent re imagining of The Ugly Duckling. The relationship between the heroes is compelling and a great romance.
However, everything else in this world gets smudged. We get no other characters really. The world seems cruel beyond measure but it can't all be because of things we see.
The tight lens is good but I wanted more world building overall.
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Duck! by Kim Dare was at times a difficult book to read, but at the same time, it was well-written and...Read more