- File Size: 672 KB
- Print Length: 109 pages
- Publisher: Zebra (October 28, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 28, 2014
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KM9O6V8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,889 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Out of Control (The Sentinels Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I am not sure if this novella was best read before or after the first book as it is published after the first book, but I read it as a standalone and it was fine. In fact, more than fine, I really enjoyed it. This story was fairly short and a quick read, but for me, it was a good introduction to the world of the high-bloods, or "freaks", as the norms like to call them. The high-bloods are set apart from society and live in Valhalla, where they receive training and can live in peace away from the scrutiny of the norms who either fear them or hate them. All the high-bloods have varying powers and some can blend into society. Such is the case for Nikolo Bartrev who is posing as a visiting professor when he is in actuality a Sentinel, blending with the norms to hunt down a rogue high-blood.
Angela Locke is a brilliant student working towards her PhD when she comes entangled in Nikolo's hunt. Even though this was a short book, I think the author did a fairly decent job developing the relationship between the two MCs. This was a good opening salvo for this series and made me immediately purchase the first book in the series. The series is also very reasonably priced with the novella at $1.99 on Amazon and the first book at only $5.38. I also pre-ordered the third book in the series for only $5.84, drawn by the hero on the cover. I hope that the first book is a precursor to how much I will enjoy the rest of the series.
Niko is a Sentinel, and is trying to protect Angela from a high blood who wants to use Angela's gift with healing and genetics to "cure" her. Angela has no idea that she even has a gift. Niko infiltrates Angela's life by posing as a professor at the college where Angela is a PhD student. She has developed a massive crush on him, which he has encouraged as a way to stay close to her, and keep her safe.
The world building was pretty limited, as one would expect in a novella setting. I loved Niko, and how he struggled to prove to Angela that his desire for her was not just due to his duty as a Sentinel.
Honestly, I would recommend reading Born in Blood before reading Out of Control. The world building in Born in Blood is fabulous and rich, and like I said, helped me to understand the premise of Out of Control.
Bottom line - I am a big Alexandra Ivy fan, and this series has some unique and interesting mythology. If you are a PNR fan, I would highly recommend.
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Marta Cox's review Jan 24, 2018 · edit
bookshelves: my-reviews, netgalley
Three and a half
I'd actually forgotten that I had...Read more
This one is an introduction to The Sentinels #0.5 series. It features Nikolo a Sentinel and Angela. The set up is interesting.Read more