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To talk about Sightlines, I have to first talk a little bit about Insight and Oversight. This all started with Insight, a story about a kid from the Black family, finding his way to NYC to look into the death of his twin brother. That’s the simplest description of a book that was so much more. What Insight does along with that main love story is start readers off on an adventure learning about The Community, what it is, what they do, who the people are that are running it, the good that they can bring gifted individuals, and also the bad. Insight is a stepping off point that leads us to Oversight.
Oversight is all about this club owner, son of a founding member of The Community, starting to realize things he’s been blind to. Again, that’s the simplest description of a book with so much more. In Oversight we learn more about The Community. More adventure, more realization of betrayal, mistrust, misuse of power, and horrible things that are happening on The Farm. What Oversight does is take the stepping off point of Insight, and move an overarching storyline forward in a huge way.
And yes, the romantic stories that are the other focus of these books are really well written, the characters are compelling and feel real, their connection perfect. I love this about these books. But the main story arch is what has pulled me along the most. I LOVE Nate and Trent, Holden and Six… and I REALLY LOVE Chase and Elijah. But I love a good suspense story that will pull me through three books, keep its momentum, hold my interest all the way through, and finish with a bang. THIS… This is what Hassell did for me with Sightlines. It finishes with a bang, answers almost all of my questions, delivers on a damn good happy ending for all the characters I love in this series, and it has me craving more.
I do have a couple minor quibbles… of course I do. But they’re so minor that they never took away from the story. Still, I would be remiss if I did not mention them. There are a couple characters I’d have liked to either see more of, or not see at all. I think these characters as written felt more filler than anything else. I understand the need for characters that don’t really play a huge part in a story, but sometimes they feel a bit too much like filler and I either wish for them to not exist, or have just one more little scene. My other little quibble is that because the story is so compelling and there are many facets that made up this series, there are still things I want to know. I want to know how things in this series will impact the Black family. I want to know what happens to some of those minor characters like the Ex Com brothers. I want to know more about a new character Shelby. I’m inquisitive and just want more. Le Sigh… such is the problem with being a Santino Hassell Fan. When I really fall for his characters, however major or minor, I fall hard and yea, I want more.
In the end, Sightlines is a fantastic ending to this trilogy. I deeply enjoyed the relationships, the connections between everyone, learning about The Community and how it worked (or didn’t). I very much enjoyed Chase and Elijah… these men are so vulnerable and beautiful, loving and special to me. I cheered and screamed, raved and shook my fists. This series was a rollercoaster that finishes with the big splash of water at the end. It was a hell of a lot of fun to read something so in-depth and full of mystery. Recommended for all fans of paranormal romance.
I don’t even know where to start. For the most part I didn’t really like this book overmuch. It was fairly predictable and sort of just there. As a series I’m underwhelmed by the world building. The Community is basically just an extra-evil version of Scientology except the baddies have REAL mind control powers. I guess that’s compelling enough. As an examination of brothers, and an examination of how various characters feel about each other and how they perceive things this series was fascinating and excellent. Unfortunately that all got bogged down in drama and the occasional moments of preaching. So, here I go. I’ll start with what I didn’t like and finish with what I thought was well done.
Chase is supposed to be the smart one. He’s pointing out all the problems to everyone, showing them how they’re wrong, he’s a super powered psychic, they need him to save the day. I admit this is a pet peeve of mine and in the grand scheme of things isn’t important, but if you’ve got a super genius character please make sure he doesn’t misuse “begging the question.” Twice. All that work doing characterization over the course of the series, and I ended up rolling my eyes and laughing at the hero. Also, somewhere along the way I began to see Chase, with his slender build, white hair, and tattoos as Johnny Winter. I don’t even know how that happened. I’m a little peeved at my own brain’s powers to make connections. And Nate can be Edgar. The Blacks are even from Texas! More than anything I think my brain’s random wanderings were because I just didn’t find this book engaging. On top of that every time I see Elijah’s last name I think of “Shooting Star,” by Bad Company.
Elijah is Mexican. He sort of feels like a stereotype. He’s touchy feely, he says puto and abuelita, and he got kicked out by his grandparents when they found out he was gay. Is that the best we can get? Why can’t we have a character who has distinct opinions on the proper way to prepare elote? Why can’t we have a character who eats Doritos with Valentina? What would Elijah’s barbacoa playlist be? When watching Lucha Libre, does he root for the técnico or the rudo? Actually, since he loves Chase I’m pretty sure he’s rudo all the way, but Chase is secretly a técnico. I mean, he has been a good guy all along. Almost like falling in love was his great unmasking and he doesn’t have to be el Hijo del Payne anymore. But I digress. Regardless of how much is shown or not shown, Elijah is Mexican. I just want more. I want to see my friends on the page. Not just their bad words. And OMG how short is Elijah supposed to be? This was like the small guy version of the books that have Alphas who are almost 7 feet tall. Chase is always thinking of himself as small like the Blacks, and Elijah is smaller. Chase and his novio chaparritito. Tiny but oh so feisty.
Ultimately, Chase’s book is about trust. Can Chase trust Elijah. Can Chase trust the Community. Can Chase trust his own brothers. Kinda maybe? This was really well done. Chase wants to trust. He’s so desperate to trust. But he’s been so hurt, and he can’t even really trust himself. How do you trust a guy who watched his own brother get murdered and stood by and did nothing? For every step forward Chase takes 7/8ths of a step back. It’s important and appropriate Chase doesn’t get all the way to trust with everyone. What makes that really good is neither brother has the same opinion on their relationship. I had a lot of issues with this series, but would wholly recommend people read them just to see the wildly disparate perceptions of themselves and each other the brothers have. As a trilogy about brothers this does not disappoint.
Okay I lied. I have one more complaint. The Cali thing. Chase wants to move to Cali with his boyfriend from Wisco to be close to his brother who was originally from ‘Xas (pronounced Zass, of course). I get that being from New Y Chase wouldn’t realize Californians don’t say this. I dunno. Maybe I got it all wrong and Nate, Trent, Elijah, and Chase all moved to Colombia. In a series about psychics stranger things have happened.
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