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This is kind of verging on a 2.5 star, but I'll rate it a 3. Really wish you could do a half star!! Anyway, this is about Grace Chandler, she is a Paranormal Activity Specialist in Tupelo. She deals with anything to do with the supernatural, so when a female body is found with a strange mark on her body, Grace is called into help.
This sounded so good and I was excited to start, but it just fell flat!! Now there was a few things I liked, and I think that there is definite potential there, but there was just too many things that annoyed me for me to enjoy this as much as I'd like!!
Here's what I liked: Plot wise, I liked the take on the different vampire species. It was intriguing and I'd like to know more. I also liked the idea of Grace and the unit she works for. Grace herself was OK. I wanted her to be a little more bad ass, but she was a good MC despite that. I also liked the little twist at the end, because it came from nowhere really.
What I didn't like: I didn't like the stalking bit!! I'm not going to explain that part, but I just found it so unnecessary and down right creepy. I didn't like the fact that the werewolf and vamp got on so well. That just doesn't happen, ever!! They very rarely work together, and if they do, there's animosity between them. I know this isn't set in stone, but to me, it's sort of an unwritten rule within this genre. Also none of the characters appealed to me too much! There wasn't any that I cared about, nor did I particularly care what happened to any of them.
In all, all I can think of to sum up my feelings about this is meh. It was readable and there were parts that I liked and parts I didn't. I do think there's potential there and I do think I'll check out the next one, just to see what happens.
Shannon Edwards was OK. She didn't really change her tones or cadences to add any tension to the story, nor did she change her voices for the characters enough, but she was clear and easy to listen to.
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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The narrator has a quite distinct accent, but I liked it. I thought she did a good job, especially with the male voices, which were really good. And whoever did the audio mixing did some cool effects, like making people on the phone sound further away. I liked that. I would definitely listen to another book by this narrator.
As for the story, the first chapter was pretty gory, graphic, and brutal, a kidnapped woman being forced to give birth to a monster. I received the audiobook in exchange for an honest review and had to finish it or I would have abandoned it during that chapter.
But once I got past that, the characters were interesting and the story did draw me in, especially once we were introduced to Draven. I really liked him and suspect he and Grace are mates. I especially enjoyed the author's version of vampire lore, which was really interesting. I also really like Gideon. I don't like love triangles, though, and it definitely seems to have been set up for that.
I'm not sure I would continue with the series, mainly because there was a lot of profanity that did not seem necessary and really disrupted my enjoyment of the story. Also, I really hate when a novel is written in present tense.
There was also a good deal of repetition, such as when a key fight scene was repeated from the villain's point of view, after we already knew the outcome and had moved on with the main characters.
All of that said, it was a fairly interesting thriller. It's definitely more of a thriller than a mystery, since we know from the beginning who the bad guy is and there's not really anything to solve or figure out. There was a big twist at the end that I didn't see coming, which was really interesting. Although a little sad.
If it wasn't for the love triangle, the abundant profanity, and the fact that it was written in present tense, I probably would give the next one in the series a try. As it is, I'll probably pass. Many people like those things, though, so if you're one of them, give this a try.
Oh, spoiler alert, for those like me who hate such things, the story ends on an enormous cliffhanger.
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