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"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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Poppet wields words like a scimitar, slicing flesh from bone until little remains but pure sensation, then she rebuilds, bit by bit into something new, frightening and enthralling. Her characters are larger than life, as they should be, yet grounds them in motivations we understand: greed, lust, power, friendship, intolerance, self-sacrifice.
The story is told in a cinema verité style, provocative and challenging, each character given voice and direct access into our hearts and minds, allowing us to decide who and what matters. It can be, and is, staggering in its intensity at times, living in that skin. That doesn't mean we know truths for the psyche is adept at misinformation and masking, layering experiences and building barriers and triggers, until reaction is the only action possible. We may walk in those shoes. That doesn't guarantee they will fit.
Whispers of ethnic cleansing and the never-ending threats of violence oversee the dismantling of a world built with an altruistic goal of protecting humans. The disharmonies resonate and escalate, and we learn new meanings for the term `dysfunction'.
The Pravus series (Seithe, Venix and Zauran) laid the groundwork for this 'Verse, introducing the characters on a stage as grand, as sweeping, as Mount Olympus itself. The Neuri series continues with a further exploration into the mythology of the Power of Three, layering it with tantalizing spirituality and new connections, challenging our concept of Fate and demanding fresh insights into the superficial and the real.
It is epic, but not distant, grounding us in a love story both profound and disturbing, revealing many of the facets of that emotion and the consequences when it's wielded as a weapon. Bozena, a skalax, is damaged goods: broken, passive-aggressive, manipulative, using games of seduction to hide behind. Sveta is arrogant, impulsive, and besotted with Bozena. Sveta will do whatever it takes to bludgeon her into accepting their reality, even if it means giving her up to another. What he learns could either break him ... or save her.
This is Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or On the Waterfront territory.
Poppet thrusts you into troubled waters from the get-go. But be warned: there's no shallow end to this pool.
And no putting the book down...
Favorite line from the book: Swirling tangerine iridescence they clear to flint for a moment, the seduction brimming in them is so dark and elicit I can already hear myself screaming his name!!! (Can you say YUM!!)
The two MC's in Sveta are Sveta, a Neuri, and Bozena, a damaged woman who needs a lot of love and emotional assitance.
Sveta starts with a bang, when there is a gruesome murder outside the Pravus Club, and never stops. It's a full pace tilt-a-whirl, an incredible sensory journey. It's a great continuation of the Neuri world, which started in the Pravus series. I prefer the Neuri as paranormals, they are amazingly in tune with the Earth and the women they need to feel complete.
Sveta is petulant, he is obstinate, he can be angry, but, boy, when it comes to Bozena he is unbelievably caring and supportive.
Zena has had a terrible upbringing by the mother from hell. Zena's mother has berated Zena, physically hurt and emotionally scarred her, leaving a shell of a woman who cuts herself and gets involved in self harming ways, and with the wrong men. Sveta steps up and shows her how true love looks and feels. I'll tell you Sveta is a REAL MALE, in the best sense of the term. To me a real male looks after those he loves, cares for them whether it be good times or bad, and that is exactly what Sveta does.
So, along with the story being paranormal in construct - including the world building, interesting supernatural characters, like Vampyres and fallen angels, and characters that Poppet does so well - Sveta is also a love story with real heat, real heart, and great compassion.
If you want to be on the edge of your seat, if you like mystery, paranormal, mystic elements, and great passion, and characters, it's all here. This is one of my favourite (paranormal) series and several of these books will make my list of the best books of 2012.
I can't review Sveta without spoilers and do it full justice. However, I can highly recommend it to those that like a dark edge, intelligent, poetic writing, with something just that bit different.
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