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Those of My Kind Paperback – April 29, 2015
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About the Author
Jennifer Loring’s short fiction has been published in numerous magazines, webzines, and anthologies. In 2013, she won Crystal Lake Publishing's first Tales from the Lake horror competition, and in 2014, DarkFuse published her novella Conduits to critical acclaim. Jenn is a member of the International Thriller Writers and the Horror Writers Association and holds an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. She lives in Philadelphia, PA, with her husband and a turtle named—what else?—Ninja.
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Jennifer takes you on a trip with an unusual character who has no choice in what she wants to be in her life. She is born with one purpose and one purpose only. And I'm not going to tell you what it is.
If you want an easy read, this isn't the book. But if you want something that has a protagonist that is constantly challenged and has to deal with life and death choices this is it. As much as I want to tell you more I can't without creating spoilers.
I liked the effort made by Jennifer Loring to create an original mythology based on Romanian/Gypsy culture, only problem is that once the novel gets going it kind of falls flat and THOSE OF MY KIND becomes a little bit derivative. It's a story about hunters (witches), magic, good and evil and supernatural like you've probably read several and it doesn't have much of an identity.
I understand what Jennifer Loring tried to do. She wanted to tackle several themes with this novel (not just dark fantasy) and had to leave some stuff out to make a cohesive novel. The YA themes: the cycle of abuse, responsibility and empowerment are more the center of THOSE OF MY KIND and Jennifer Loring cleverly used the supernatural angle to develop the relationship between the characters, so that the novel wouldn't come off as gimmicky.
Overall it was a little blunt, but I cared about Tristan emancipating herself from the looming menace of "those of her kind" more than I cared about the underlying supernatural struggle, the powers or the sexy edge of the characters. If you're looking for an original dark fantasy novel, THOSE OF MY KIND might leave you cold but if you're looking for solid YA that doesn't wallow in purple feelings, it might just be what the doctor ordered. It's a novel you need to dive into with the right expecations.
I hope that there will be a sequel to this book, I enjoyed it that much!
This is a tale of strong women that have been abused, raped, beaten, totally ignored and who knows what else. Two of these women, almost girls really, become Hunters and the other a monster of epic proportions and, of course, there is an epic battle between them in the end. Who comes out the winner? You will have to read this to discover the answer to that question.
<b>"Love and its constant companion, sorrow, birthed this atrocity of a world." </b>
Hunters serve mankind though humans remain unaware of their sacrifices. To do this, Hunters must shun friendships and love, lest the objects of such be used as weapons against them. Hunters also have a bloodlust, one that can only be quenched by the blood of humans. To survive and accomplish their goals, Hunters only drink the blood of the human filth they seek to destroy.
There is magic, there are skills, there is testing...but so many questions remained unanswered for this reader. The single problem I had with this book is that I wanted more answers.
One thing I do have an answer to is this "How was the writing?" I thought this book was extremely well written and I found myself highlighting quite a few quotes throughout. One that particularly struck me was this one:
<b> "Hell was real, Tristan thought, but it wasn't some burning pit in the afterlife. Hell was reliving all your regrets and failures over and over in one never-ending instant. Hell was not appreciating what you had, and only dwelling on what you didn't. Hell was not being able to forgive yourself."</b>
Overall, I loved this book. It was different. It was fast paced. It had a unique story-line. It had strong women. It had an antagonist that was truly monstrous, yet the reader was compelled to pity her as well. These characters were well drawn, complicated and believable. What more could a reader ask for? A sequel, that's what!
Highly recommended for fans of dark fiction, horror, and excellent writing!
I love to find books with strong female leads and Those of My Kind certainly has that. The characters are strong and fiercely independent females who have had a very rough life. They fight the good fight, battling evil, sacrificing love and happiness for the good of mankind despite the temptations put in their path. All under the radar without any thanks or recognition.
Although the characters were well rounded and complex, I feel that I didn't get to know them as well as I would have liked. I am left with a lot of questions but that's not as negative as it sounds. I'm curious, the characters and plot intrigue me. I want to delve deeper, understand them, their culture and history and background from beforehand and the author can only cover so much in one book. The fact that I want to know more and get a deeper understanding of the characters is a testament to how well the author drew me into the story and captured my attention.
There were a few niggly inconsistencies. No electricity yet the stove clock was still working. The placing of tea leaves in the tea kettle, which then changes to tea bags in the cups, then back to tea leaves in the bottom of the cups after that, and a few other similar things. Not huge inconsistencies and not important to the plot, just little things that popped out at me while reading.
Those of My Kind was totally different from what I was expecting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The storyline is unique, it draws you in and moves at a very fast pace. Definitely one I would recommend.