Wounded Soul Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : April 28, 2019
- Print length : 240 pages
- File size : 463 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07R8TMVYK
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #656,151 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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3 Frustrating Stars
While maintaining a spoiler-free review, I will begin by saying my opinions will undoubtedly be in the minority.
I felt the characters' actions were driven to push the plot forward to a predetermined ending, with little regard to whether or not those actions were in line with who & what the character was written to be.
Example: a coven leader making the choice to send an antagonist to watch someone for the person he antognizes, which he's personally witnessed for decades. Raph ensured a trusted task to the very man who tests his authority and is outwardly trying to usurp him, then believes the lies he spins. This bumbling behavior by the man in charge was out of character but meant to be ignored, simply because it caused the drama to propel the plot forward. Using the excuse of how they were currently getting along, for like 3 pages, doesn't erase how ridiculous this was. Time runs differently for an immortal. 3 pages would be a second to a human's day. It would take years of Peter & Ian getting along before Raph would have believed that, after 70 years of constant torment.
The villain progressively getting careless, yet no one could thwart him? How was Peter to explain the staked vampire back at the coven? No proof? IAN WAS THE PROOF.
Quote: Jesse hated it when Peter made sense. Hated having to agree with him. .... there wasn't anything out of Peter's mouth that made sense, so the entire cast of characters ended up looking like fools.
I truly enjoyed the beginning, finding a real connection between Jesse & Ian, even if I felt their actions were too juvenile for their ages. There was some banter, steam, & delicious forbidden angst. But when the action started, I felt nothing but frustration as I witnessed the characters turn, not turn into vampires, but turn into ignorant children.
Obviously this book wasn't meant for me. I'm a huge fan of both MM Romance & Paranormal Romance, but how unintelligent the characters behaved was a major turn-off for me.
To sum the book up in a nutshell: siblings fighting, both holding secrets over the other's head, one wants to tell Daddy but is too scared, & the other is the older bully sibling playing on the younger brother's ignorance & cowardice. Yet they were grown men who had lived an upwards of 100 years... and Daddy was too busy to pay attention to his battling children, and innocents got caught in the crossfire.
At the top of my pet-peeve list is how vampire characters never act their actual age, with maturity & reasoning, but end up coming off as young teens, no matter how old they are portraying.
Not every book can be a hit for every reader, and this was a miss for me. While I personally wasn't a fan, that doesn't mean I don't recommend this novel for readers who enjoy a warm & fuzzy take on vampire culture. As I said, I was rooting for Ian & Jesse from the start, but didn't enjoy the turn the book took.
Okay, so the story. One thing I would have done differently, is that I wouldn't have let the reader in on the fact that Jesse was a vampire quite so quickly. I mean, we know he is because it says so in the blurb but I'd have still strung it out longer. I wouldn't have waited until Ian found out because there was a suspense in knowing what we knew and knowing that he didn't know it. But I wouldn't have done it quite as early as she did. I would have kept the story in Ian's point of view, continuing to lay down breadcrumbs of revelation, and probably had the pov shift to Jesse at the beginning of the inspection on the coven which was when everything starting going wonky anyway.
Aside from that, the story was awesome! SO suspenseful. Once that inspection happened and everything started spiraling, it just kept getting worse and worse and OMG! I couldn't put it down! You probably don't follow my reviews but I very rarely give a story five stars. Most are three or four. This one was a solid five. The factors that influenced that were primarily the suspense. It was intense and just kept tightening until I couldn't freakin breathe at the end! Also, because (for me) it was unexpected, not just the modern touches though (as I said already), I loved those, but mostly because Peter just kept catching me off guard over and over. He really was a delightful villain. He was a psychotic and despotic, purely evil villain and it was fantastic. There's something to be said for the crazy evil villains. We have all these touchy feely villains nowadays and I miss a good, old fashioned mustache twirling villain. He was fabulous.
It's one in the morning and there's no way I can go to sleep now. I'm too amped up! Good book!! I really hope to see more in this universe.
Top reviews from other countries
I love paranormal, it’s top of my tree alongside fantasy and Sci-Fi, so finding great books which make your heart pound and your stomach clench is a joy.
In this, the bad guy really is bad, there are real consequences for mixing the paranormal world with the human one and there’s the start of a love which literally changes lives.
Ian and Jessie were wonderful characters, but there’s also a great supporting cast that I’m desperate to know more about.
Two strong female characters who buck the stereotypical trend for a best friend, a world which doesn’t know that potential killers walk the streets anonymously.
Annabelle’s Bristol is a city of secrets and, while this book still feels mostly British, it has an edge to it which lets the reader experience the trepidation Ian and Cate feel when they get the confirmation that vampires do exist.
I loved everything about this book. I haven’t hated a bad guy quite as much for ages!