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Shaman, Friend, Enemy: An Urban Fantasy Thriller (Olivia Lawson Techno-Shaman Book 2) Kindle Edition
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But there were some flaws that just kept me from enjoying this book as much as I wanted to.
For one thing, the antagonists are very cheesy and cartoonish, like Disney villains. Always sneering and just being petty and mean. They might as well be walking around kicking puppies. It just comes across as silly. It seems like the author tries to give them an understandable motivation and make them somewhat sympathetic, but it just falls flat, in this book and the first. I found this book worse than the first in this regard because the antagonist's motivations were weird and unclear. She wanted to be the top shaman? What? Why? Didn't make sense to me. And the whole twin sister thing just didn't fit in.
Livvy also seemed frustratingly dumb in this book. She made one bad decision after another, and was really rude to her friends and just keeps pushing them away. The love between Livvy & SK seems forced because she treats him poorly.
Another issue was (and I'll be vague so as not to spoil anything) about something Livvy does that is taboo in the beginning of the book. We're never told WHY it's taboo. She's ashamed and feels guilty about it, and everyone acts horrified. But there are no real consequences, so it doesn't seem like a big deal and I'm left wondering why everyone reacts so strongly.
I think the reason why I felt like Livvy was acting stupid in this book is because it shows her doing something which we're told is very wrong and taboo, and yet she gives no hint at her reasons, or even hints at the fact that she might have a good reason for it, until much later in the book. I was left thinking she was doing it just because she felt like it, which made her seem dumb.
This book just doesn't feel as tightly plotted as the first one. The pieces don't all fit together very well. Some of these flaws existed in the first book, too, but I bought this one hoping the author would get better with more experience, but I actually thought this one was a little worse. I probably won't continue with the series.
However, if you find the premise interesting and haven't read the first book yet, I recommend you give it a try. Maybe the flaws won't bother you as much as they did me.
This book was given to me by the author requesting my honest opinion and I have received no remuneration other than the pleasure of reading a new story.
Ms. Green does an expert job of pulling the reader in with non-stop action starting with the first chapter. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the characters in the story, but most especially, SK. His role has been expanded in this book and his interactions with Livvy will keep you glued to the story. Rounding out the story are Min, Mamacita, and of course, Livvy's newest enemy, Dominque. There are also more characters from the first book making appearances. Through all of the ups and downs that are thrown Livvy's way, she remains true to beliefs--she only wants to help others and nothing will stop her.
Though it is not necessary to read book 1 before picking up this one, I would highly recommend you start with "Shaman, Healer, Heretic" to enjoy the full flavor of the wonderful and engaging spirit world that Ms. Green has created. Recommended.
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Not what I had expected but good enough to make me want to read more of the series.