I really wanted to like this book, but I have to be honest: I had to struggle to make it to the end. The premise interested me, but that could not save the book from cardboard characters and bad dialogue that left me wondering how anyone could care what would happen next.
As the book began, the heroine Khara was being expelled from her home in the Underworld, for reasons unknown. She is dropped off in Detroit, where a band of her warrior half-brothers just happen to live. She never knew about them and they never knew about her, but when one mistook her for the enemy and tried to kill her, he recognized their familial bond and brought her home to live with the family instead. The guys are all supernatural enforcers of order. They’re tough and they hang out at a sleazy club. And they have one associate who is not related to them, which can immediately clue you in as to who the love interest will be. The story follows Khara as she gets to know her brothers and helps them track an influx of Soul Eaters plaguing the city.
I had so, so many problems with the book. The biggest was with Khara. To call her wooden would do a disservice to the depth of wood. She feels no fear, no happiness, no… anything. Yes, I get that her life in the Underworld made her fearless, but it’s hard to care about a character who is unaffected by everything. She’s like, “Yeah, I’ll die. Whatever.”
The next issue: her brothers. I could barely keep them straight. There were too many and they were not distinct enough in their personalities. Two of them had names that were almost exactly the same, which exacerbated the problem. And some of them seemed to want to sleep with her. Their sister. Which is not endearing in any way. Also, the way they all accepted her and made her insta-family was kind of saccharine and unbelievable. They are brutal warriors –who wub their wittle sister from the moment they meet. (Some just love her in creepier ways than others.)
Then, there is Oz, the love interest. He is a total manwhore, who literally has sex with multiple women, in front of Khara, for much of the book. Why would anyone root for this pairing? He is a total jerk and his only redeeming quality is that he saves her life at one point. I hate how he calls her “new girl.” I hate the way they talk to each other, like they’re trying to verbally spar, but it’s just such unbelievable dialogue. NOBODY TALKS THAT WAY.
Throw in the predictability of the villain reveal and a cliffhanger ending and I can only say unreservedly that this book was not for me. I will not be reading book 2, even if I never know what happens to these characters.
I would not recommend.
*ARC provided by publisher for review
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by Amber Lynn Natusch
Release Date: August 26, 2014