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4.0 out of 5 starsNice story
Reviewed in the United States on February 5, 2018
My only issue with this is the descriptors used for the characters. Black characters were just Black, if not also thugs. But the rest of the humans were described more fully, like the blonde frat boy, we don't even get his name until close to the end but I could pick him out of a line up. Please fix that in the next book. If this Detroit is filled with Black people you need to figure out a way to describe their differences.
Some years ago, vampires killed Nora Jacob's mother, forcing young Nora into the iffy clutches of the Detroit foster home system and giving her the unwelcome knowledge that "the underworld" exists.
Now a young woman on her own, and trying to make sense of her apparent talents for psychometry and tactile telepathy, Nora must thrust herself into that terrifying underworld to save herself from a more immediate danger. But perhaps the underworld is not quite what she thought, and perhaps she is not quite what she thought either.
The authors (it's a 2up collective) call this a "slow burn reverse harem" series, and indeed though we can see the probable harem forming in this book, there is no sex. That's a creative choice, of course, but the in-story reason is that Nora is a rape survivor with serious intimacy issues, which are not helped by her telepathy turning on whenever she touches anyone. This, and another character's PTSD are treated seriously overall though we can see the start of the healing process.
I would guess this is a first novel, and Nora is quite a bit of a Mary Sue. Everybody seems to love her, and even the trauma in her life (aside from the vampire thing) comes from stalker-ish over-love. The first novel aspects also spill over into bits of the plotting. For one thing the whole "the bad guys are pretending to be a fraternity that are ripping off parts of a real fraternity's logos etc, so we can catch them if we go to the real fraternity's mixer", just, um, doesn't make much sense. Or indeed any sense, and is clearly to get Nora into a date situation with one of her future harem. For another, once the bad guys are identified, keeping them buttered up to find out where the evil ritual is going to be held is also stupid since Nora has access to a vampire who should be able to compel them to volunteer the information, and finally, during an escape sequence, not killing one of the bad guys turns out to be a problem.. that could still have been easily rectified by.. killing him.
Still, it was a pleasant enough first effort, and I will probably read the follow-up when it comes out.
Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2018
Oh yeah. Everyone should read this book. Yes, triggers. Physical and sexual abuse as a child in the foster care system. It's more of a mention and alluding, but the book doesn't get deep into those abusive situations that Nora went through... but you still know it happened. And I'm only about 87% sure no one on Earth has been mind raped by a Master Vamp. You'll want to kill him, no worries. But just in case you have been mind raped by a Master Vamp...trigger. Now after all of that the book was still fantastic because Nora is a survivor. Strong all throughout. Wary and standoffish when needed. Fantastic characters. Ones you will absolutely love and one or two ornery vamps that will make you want to murder them yourselves. No it's not a traditional RH but Nora does have a group of men that totally adopt her like a little sister and it's cute. Two of the characters have a crush on her. But Nora is not in any hurry to look into or pursue any of them. Maybe later. Oooooo book two please, husband and wife duo!
This book keeps me from sleeping. It is 5 am right now while I am writing this review. I love the storytelling and I love the differences between the characters and also their interactions. I had a hard time with new reverse harem books but this one restore my faith in RH. I love the female protagonist. She always has this way of outwitting people that are dangerous to her. I like how the story is not rushed. That there's actually a story on this. I can't wait for the next book.
5.0 out of 5 starsA one click must- slow burn original approach to the magical
Reviewed in the United States on January 30, 2018
I never thought I would love trolls this much but Terence! This book was wonderfully devoloped and the characters were amazing. I truly felt for the female mcs struggles And felt such pride when she was able to commit to stay at the end of the book. I felt the best/worst book hangover at the end of this book. If you are looking for an original slow burn that’ll leave you hollering for more you need this book.
5.0 out of 5 starsA read that gave me that giddy excited feeling from pure enjoyment
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2018
Wow! So what a great start to a brand new series. I really, really loved and enjoyed this book. It is dark though as the MC, Nora, has previously gone through a lot and still has to fight through a lot more dark things too. This book is a RH and it's very much a slow burn, which is just what the story needs to not be rushed and to stay true to Nora, you'll understand why once you read it. I'm also not sure who will be in her harem, but I've been guessing since I've read this book and can't wait to discover in the future books who it'll be. This book isn't just dark though as there are some real laugh out loud moments. There are also a great cast of characters surrounding Nora and whilst I've already got my favourite, I won't say who it is as I don't want to spoil anything.
All I can say is that you really, really need to read this book. It really is such a well crafted story that even after reading it the story is still sat fresh in my mind and I've been replaying scenes over and over again. I'm really looking forward to reading the next book in the series and discovering more about Nora. I don't think I can say much more about how much I enjoyed this book, except keep telling you I did so don't just take my word for it, go and grab yourself a copy and see just why I'm raving about how good this book is.
4.0 out of 5 starsA great easy read. A wonderful start to a hopefully ongoing series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 27, 2018
A great read. The main character was feisty and fiery and, though I felt that some of her bravery was a little forced considering her back story, she couldn't help but endear herself to you. The other characters are still a little fuzzy at times with the focus being on their revolution around the main character but they get more fleshed out the further in you read. I feel like there are a couple of them I really feel attached to now that I've finished and I'm looking forwards to how they will all develop further. The primary story line is beautifully crafted, it's the perfect balance of hideous dark and gritty realism, with just enough obvious fiction to temper it down. It's not so grim that young adults couldn't enjoy it but it also appeals to the older reader as some of the underlying themes arching through the active story are easier to pick up on the more world wise you are. The authors did a good job just skimming the american world of sororities etc and being an English reader, it was much appreciated that the information provided was just enough to make the story flow and not enough to leave me wallowing in tmi. Overall, enjoyed this book very much though it only took me about 2 hours to read it. A good mystery/action read with the beginnings of strong relationships of every kind, not just romance.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 10, 2018
i thought this was very well written, there are a few books i’ve read of late that although were good stories, were so badly edited i was basically rewriting in my head as i went along in order to get to the end, but not with this one, here i simply got to enjoy a really good book, i was thoroughly engrossed in the story, and i was pulled into it enough that i was feeling a lot of different emotions on Nora’s behalf. it touches on sensitive topics, but fairly lightly, in this book (and there’s no saying whether or not that would change in the future) it doesn’t go into graphic detail. we also are brought into a diverse world, i do particularly love a book/series that covers a lot of the supernatural varieties. now ordinarily at this point, i would be chomping at the bit for the next book, because i hate cliffhangers, and yes, this is clearly just the first story, it is labelled book one after all, but, although there is clearly a lot we don’t know and a lot left to come, as this to me was the “get to know me” book, there was a lot to touch on, with so many characters and back stories, you know you’ve only just scratched the surface for now, but i thought book one introduced everyone and rounded out nicely enough that i’m not frustrated, i’m just really really looking forward to book two. so basically, from me, a big thanks and shout out to the authors for a great book p.s. i’m no reviewer, have barely ever done so, hope this has been helpful, and legible, i’m on the fly on my phone here
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 23, 2018
Loved this story, definitely unique in different aspects. Loved the concept the characters and the main character (Nora's) background, nice to see not everyone is born and has a perfect life and that they have substance even though it wasn't pleasant to think about that subject of abuse to say the least, it's good that it's written and talked about. Enjoyed the banter and the writing style, the characters all had their own unique spunk going on, gotta love a sassy comeback 😎 Will be looking for more of the authors books, keep up the good vibes x
Loved this story, if fact I don’t think I’ve enjoyed the beginning of a series this much since reading Connie Suttle’s Blood series. Nora is a great character and the plot line a refreshing take on the whole urban fantasy/paranormal thing. While a first book if often setting the scene, it’s nots the case here, there’s loads of action and the supporting cast of characters are also an interesting bunch. Not going to give away any story line, just a big recommendation to give it a go and can’t wait for book 2.