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Inherent Gifts: A Supernatural Slave Story Paperback – February 24, 2013
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About the Author
Alicia Cameron has been making up stories since before she can remember. After discovering erotica during a high school banned books project, she never really turned back. She lives in Denver, Colorado with a tiny dog and rabbit who conspire regularly to distract her from doing anything productive. By day she works in the mental health field and is passionate about youth rights and welfare. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, glitter, and punk rock concerts.
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If you suddenly were moved to a slave society, and inherited a slave, what would/could happen? This is an m/m romance, but the idea of trust and power imbalance, the sweet naivety of Jeremy, the new master, the far more complex feelings of Wren, the slave, are worth spending time with. I enjoyed the underlying ideas more than I enjoyed the story itself, if that makes any sense.
There were a few petty inconsistencies that I noticed, but I think that Alicia Cameron has created a fascinating, awful world. I particularly liked that things took time unfolding, that the story was allowed to build. It lost half a star for the petty inconsistences (the time line was a bit off, and the good doctor was seeing an awful lot of people for a town of 3000 and then at Christmas he didn't know anyone? how is that possible?) but it lost the other half because after taking so much time, the ending felt oddly rushed/unresolved. I would read another book by Alicia Cameron and I would read another book set in this world, but I don't think I would reread this book. I found the Wren and the world more fascinating than Jeremy and the relationship.
NOT this time!
Both the Master and the Slave are *likeable*. The slow steady progress of their relationship-building is tantalizing. Going from non-trust to so much more!
I LIKE AU's that make sense - and this one does. Jere, the Master, is at first prompted to kindness only because the Slave (Wren) has been so horribly abused.
But the feelings become so much more complicated as a mutual respect and sincere fondness builds between the characters.
I found the book to be a very good read - one that forced me to care - and took my emotions on a roller-coaster ride.
I can highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys the M/M venue.
Pretty much my only criticism is the use of the word 'smirk'. (I really do hate that word!)
This story is long and worth every penny. I look forward to any future writing from this author.
I wasn't fond of some of the graphic abuse happening with the supporting characters. Not so much for what it was, but for its lack of purpose. We already knew how things were being done among the cruel masters and their slaves. We already knew that Jere was a good man and would do anything he could to help. As an additional display for either of the above named, it felt like an overkill. As a story filler, it struck me as vaguely tasteless.
There was some humor here, I have to say. Not a lot, but well done either way. I chuckled in quite a few places.
The ending totally didn't work for me. We spend all this time learning about the cruelty of the slave state system so we can... do nothing with it. It was a 'We've reached an understanding and are now emotionally connected' ending. Which is nice. Happy ending, yippy-yay. Still, you find yourself looking at the last page and thinking, '463 pages and over 9500 locations and this is where we are?' It made the whole thing feel weirdly disconnected.
Mainly it was the dedication to the created world and the system within it that gained the most point with me, even if it left me feeling unsatisfied with the ending. I believe this author has potential.
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