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About the Author
- Publisher : Ace (March 1, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0425278190
- ISBN-13 : 978-0425278192
- Item Weight : 10.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #513,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a difficult book to review as I found myself enjoying reading but being frustrated with it at the same time. There are things about this book that really bug me and make it difficult to like. There are other things about this book that I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend. It's a simple, fairly action-packed read, though, and I found myself wanting to read on, even when I couldn't. Which is a good sign. I won't get into the main storyline here, as others have done that. I will get into some of the things I enjoyed and didn't enjoy, hopefully without giving too much away.
I found the majority of characters to be very one-dimensional and flat. A great looking guy, Brynner, who is the best (by a long shot) fighter and gets any (and I mean any) girl he wants (they literally swoon over him), and a beautiful (I mean drop dead gorgeous) girl, Grace, who doesn't want to fall for this rockstar guy, (but finds herself wanting him immediately, just like all the rest, and even jealous when he speaks to another woman). I think it's amazing how she is so beautiful, yet no guys are hitting on her, like the girls do to him. Summary: He fights and gets any girl. She reads and pushes him away. And that's about it to their characters for the majority of the book. She is intelligent and sharp and a quick learner, but quickly falls into his world and the ability to fight these undead creatures, even though he has years and years of training she doesn't have.
Yes, they each have other underlying issues and problems, which slowly come to focus as the book goes on. And it's in these problems that they have more dimension and start to become more than just hot guy and hot girl. But the problems seem a bit forced to me. Almost like there was a formula the author read that the characters have to have these kind of problems to overcome.
One of my biggest pet peeves lately is the telling of a story from different viewpoints. This, like many fantasy books lately, jump from her first person viewpoint in one chapter to his first person viewpoint in the next. The main character's purpose is to emotionally bring the reader into the story by relating to that person's view. This is difficult to do (if not impossible) when there are more than one viewpoints being told. One could argue that she is more of the main character than he is, but then why do I spend so much time with him? He is driving the story, but I don't need to know all his internal thoughts and such to get that across.
That said, the action is fun. I love monsters and the undead are creepy and cool. Especially as the book goes on. The side characters (I love Aunt Emelia!) are dynamic, and overall the unravelling of the story is fascinating. It's a quick and easy read like a J.K. Rowling or Michael Crichton novel, but unlike them, the author doesn't have much to say beyond just telling the story. I was hoping for something deeper here, something about death or monsters or love or something. And there are moments where they touch on some themes, but then they seem to just abandon them.
I don't know if the author is female or male. I haven't read anything else by him/her nor do I know anything about the author. I will say, that at times it reads like one of those chick-flick urban fantasy romance novels. At other times it reads like a fun and fascinating adventure. I'm not against romantic urban fantasy, I'm just trying to describe the genre, so I can give the reader of this review an idea of what to expect from this book.
All that said,one of my biggest issues with the book is there is a lengthy and semi-graphic sex scene near the end of the book that just feels horribly forced and silly and has nothing to do with moving the story along, except that they are shown to get together. I skipped over it mostly, as it felt like someone told the author to put it in there, or the author believed the audience wanted that scene. Either way, not needed.
There is a bit of Larry Corriea's Monster Hunter International feel...without the soft core gunporn. Very fun.
Why is this not a series?? That was literally my thought when I finished this book. It was such a fun ride, and an interesting world. And I want more!
The story is told from two view points, Grace who is an analyst, and Brynner who hunts down the monsters and kills them. So you get the scientific, wanting to know everything and not believing in magic or religion view point. And you also get the ‘this is the way it works because it works, and I was raised to believe in this’ view point. (And no, that is nowhere near any kind of actual book quote!)
I loved how Grace grew and changed as a character. There was never a complete turn around, but a very believable progression of how her thoughts changed as she was exposed to more Re-Animus, as well as Brynner himself. Brynner changed as well, but to a slightly lesser degree.
We do eventually get to know all about what’s wrong with Grace’s kid, it just takes a while to come out. We also find out a lot about Brynner’s past. And yes, I totally saw the reveal at the end coming. But I loved how it was done, so didn’t mind at all that it was fairly obvious.
There is some sex in the book, but it isn’t explicit. The descriptions of blood and killing Re-Animus is worse, but even at that, the book isn’t very gory at all. Certainly wouldn’t bother me to read it while eating. The mythology was really interesting, and I loved the world. If I knew there would be more books in the series this would have made my 5-Star list. However there were a few things left hanging that needed to be wrapped up more for me to give that rating to a stand-alone.
If this isn’t on your To Read list yet, it should be!
(cross-posted to my blog)