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Ms. Weaver creates a complex world where paranormals and humans coexist. The detail of the differing paranormal worlds can be appreciated, but the same descriptions occurred repeatedly throughout the book, particularly changing in and out of wolf form and the lycanthropes' need for touch. There was a great deal of 'telling' rather than 'showing' which slowed down the pace and disconnected me from the characters. The writing style in the beginning of the book was awkward and included a great deal of filler.
Take this excerpt from Chapter three, for example:
'Through the howl, his power shivered across my skin. Lycanthrope magic is warm. The power felt like a warm hand caressing my skin. Light enough almost to tickle from the promise of an almost-touch. My whole body gave a fine, trembling shudder.
Trey gave me wide eyes at that shudder, but something on my face must have reassured him. I'm not quite sure what expression I gave him; but the power rush felt wonderful, all warm and comfortable , so it was probably a good expression. I think I was swaying ever so slightly, as if I were dizzy even while sitting down.'
This could have been reduced to 2 or 3 sentences to make it cleaner and less cumbersome for the reader.
That being said, the book certainly got better as it went on. Once the plot became clear, it moved quickly, in a good way. I enjoyed Victoria's personality. Being a writer of strong female characters myself, I truly appreciated her toughness and accomplishments due to her resolve, determination, and abilities. The magic system was unique, though sometimes a little too convenient. The tension between the characters, be it human/paranormal or paranormal/paranormal, was well done and gripping. I think that even with the issues I stated above, this would be an enjoyable read to fans of the paranormal.
I’m going to start by saying I don’t have a lot of experience with urban/paranormal books. I’ve been branching out to them lately and have found that I can enjoy them so long as they have the right tone. In my limited experience, I’ve never run across a world such as the one in this book where the monsters are out in plain view, actual citizens. They usually skulk in the shadows, and only a few know about them and kill them. In this book, there’s vampires and lycanthropes, witches and sorceresses and sorcerers. The normal humans know about their existence, and the paranormal has recently been accepted, so to speak. They are still feared, but the witch hunting and vampire staking is dwindling. The division Victoria joins is there to help these paranormals with crimes against them. It was an interesting take. Now, I’m not a fan of the standard vampire and werewolf monsters. I feel they’ve been overdone. I feel I haven’t seen/read anything new. The creatures in this book don’t strike me as completely unique, but I did enjoy the story despite the standard. The nuances introduced helped me stomach it all.
As for the characters, I wasn’t in love with Victoria, which made it slightly challenging because it’s written in first person. I didn’t hate her, just didn’t really connect to her. She’s supposed to be a sassy girl with a harsh past. In the paranormal community, she’s a legend of sorts. I like sassy. I like legend. But to me she came across more haughty. Instead of her hard life haunting her, she seemed to throw it out there for attention. Perhaps I’m used to my characters brooding a bit more, holding their pasts closer, hoarding all that pain. When she would mention a horror from her past or anything about her abilities, she would congratulate herself when she scored shock from her audience. It’s a nit picky thing, but one that got on my nerves. I think I would have liked her more if she wasn’t so proud of how people reacted.
As for the other characters, I found Trey extremely likable. A good guy at heart and a badass werewolf. We’re given hints that he’s got a dominant side to him, though we’re not shown. Kinda wish I’d seen him go crazy badass. Honestly, he’s the reason I’ll return to this series. The other characters were a bit blended, but this is the first in the series. I’m hoping future books really make them stick out from one another.
I found a good amount of typos. Unfortunately, this got really bogged down by redundancy. I knew Trey was affectionate because he was a werewolf. I didn’t need to hear about it every chapter. Victoria was constantly giving herself “brownie points” which stuck out more often than it should have, probably adding to the reasons I didn’t love her.
Overall, this review might sound negative but I do think I’ll pick up the next book. I’m curious enough about the world and the characters to give the series another go. If you’re a diehard paranormal/urban fantasy reader, I’d recommend giving this a try.
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