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Keir: Book One of Redemption (Volume 1) Paperback – May 22, 2015
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About the Author
After spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 22 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head. Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade and Broad Universe, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include YA and adult stories crossing a multitude of subgenres from scifi to the paranormal, often with romance, and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place), and an EPIC eBook awards finalist.
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1) NOTHING in this book is ever explained. Ever. For instance, A) Quinn's past was never explained adequately enough for me to have figured out exactly what in the heck actually happened. B) Her big mission to find the person who destroyed her world was not adequately explained either and then the mission just....vanished as the book went on - like it was only a prop in the first place. C) Numerous scenes happened that appeared in the moment to be important, and then later, time after time, I discovered they were absolutely and utterly pointless. D) Questions in this book are constantly being raised, but again, never answered. There are never answers, never clarity, there is just more questions that are left as unanswered as the rest of them. The overall effect is maddening.
2) I am not entirely certain there was one, even ONE emotion in this whole book that was shown and not told. God, it was so bad. It didn't bother me as much at first because I kept thinking that at some point it would change. Well, it didn't, and it grated on my nerves for the entire last half of the book.
3) And finally for the biggest reason I didn't like this book, there was ultimately no underlying theme for me to grab onto. There was no goal the characters seemed to be working toward. There was no endgame. There was nothing. Seriously, I don't even know what the first half of the book was for. It turned out to be a random selection of events that meant NOTHING to the last half of the book and the ending. It was pointless. All of it was so, so pointless.
With that being said, if you are not the kind of person that cares if any dots are connected, doesn't often ask many questions during the course of a book, doesn't analyze character's emotions or motivations, doesn't need a backstory that is at least well developed enough to constitute genuine understanding, and doesn't care if there is a point to the vast majority of the scenes, then this book is actually fantastic. I really do mean that. I don't believe the author has any skill at crafting a compelling story, and struggles deeply with show vs tell, but the writing itself is exceptional. Really fantastic. The best I've read in a long time.
Keir? Well, we meet the hero in a prison cell. He’s been tortured, starved, and he longs for death. Um, not exactly Alpha thoughts. He is feared and hated because of his blue skin, the believed mark of a demon. His entire life has been spent in fear and pain and loneliness. Man, if their was ever a hero more tortured emotionally or physically, I can’t remember him. Anyway, Keir was beautifully broken, at least for me. I wanted to help him, and I think that drove me to give this book more stars. The prejudice and shame he faced was heartbreaking. I’m not kidding. The man needed a damned hug.
Quin was a fun heroine in many ways. I absolutely loved that she protected Keir. Her strength was wonderful, and there was enough chemistry from the early chapters to have me savoring their eventual romance. This was realistic love, people. No insta-anything. Keir and Quin were afraid of commitment for different reasons, which added an extra bit of ouch to them denying their growing feelings. Emotionally, I wouldn’t have let these two people get together until serious trust was established, and thank you, Pippa Jay, for doing exactly that. We follow the relationship, cheer the ups and cry at the downs. This was good, steady romance.
Now, what in hades kept me from giving this sucker a full five-star review? Plot. When the story focused on the romance, it was golden. Shiny, pretty, gorgeous. But when the story tried to do too much? Nope. I tried to follow the machinations of the secondary characters, but I didn’t care that much. There was political intrigue, and one particular development I had guessed early, so that impact didn’t do anything for me. Again, the romance was king, and I would have been fine watching Keir and Quin find common ground. The plot came across like Swiss cheese. I liked one angle only to have that left hanging, while another was resolved so fast I had to flip back several pages to make sure I hadn’t skipped some paragraphs by mistake.
Yes, I’d read another book by this author, and I’d pick up the next book in the series. This is good SFR with a very promising start.